Apache helicopter: Now ‘flying tank’ to wreak havoc in Ukraine war, Rishi Apache gifted to Zelensky, India uses it too

Kyiv/London: In January, the Russia-Ukraine war will complete 11 months. New weapons are going to join this battle in the new year. One of them is the Apache helicopters, which have been called the ‘game changer’ of this war. The British government is sending a new aid package to Ukraine. It will also include Apache helicopters equipped with lethal missiles to aid in the fight against Russia. Apache helicopter is also used by the Indian Air Force to search and target the enemy even in the dark. These are the world’s most advanced multi-combat helicopters capable of destroying any ground-moving vehicle, be it armored vehicles, artillery or tanks.

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak confirmed that tanks would also be part of the package, following a request from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Zelensky also called for an airplane for the rescue operation. Four Apache helicopters and 10 Challenger-2 battle tanks will be provided to the Ukrainian military, according to senior defense sources, the Sunday People reports. He says Apache will prove to be a ‘game changer’. The tanks will arrive first, and the helicopters will take some time to deploy.

Only four Apaches out of 70 tanks

The source said, “Russia has thousands of tanks, so more than four Apaches are needed to have a strategic impact. But strategically it will be a big step forward. One of the most striking features of the state-of-the-art Apache AH64 E is its lethal missile control. It can detect more than 250 targets simultaneously from a range of more than 16 km and destroy multiple targets within seconds. Just four Apache helicopters can destroy an entire enemy force of 70 tanks in the blink of an eye.

‘Flying Tank’

Each helicopter is powered by the same Rolls-Royce engine and can fly at a speed of 293 km/h. It has 16 anti-tank Hellfire missiles, 76 Hydra 70mm rockets and a 30mm chain gun. Each Apache helicopter costs 70 million pounds which is about 6.95 billion rupees. It is not wrong to call this powerful helicopter a ‘flying tank’. Ukrainian pilots are ready for helicopter flying training in Britain.

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