We can't wait for a few more years until the LCH is perfected and for it to arrive in decent numbers mid-decade.Unlike the C-17 requirement,the need for attack helos is now,with Pak having superior attack helos and the new dual threat from China.The very fact that we almost doubled the original MI-17 order,and these will be armed as well,indiactes the burgeoning need for more helos on all fronts for the IA. A high-low mix of heavy and light armed helos and even armed very light helos,will provide the IA with a variety of rotorcraft for its range of ops.The only innovative feature missing with the Apache vs the Russian helo was the additional compartment for rescuing downed airmen,2-3 individuals.The problem with the armed forces-as Sandeep's article in I-Today,about the army's poor condition,is that decisionmaking takes about "7years" for any major acquisition.The utter dereliction of duty by MMS of gthe nation's security both internal and external,has made it neccessary for these $50B acquisitioins from abroad.The pressure of strangualtion of India by the dragon has been increasing with intensity by the day and a quick induction of Apaches will help stem the tide.
I think war is coming. Pakistan's pending victory in Afghanistan combined with its rapid US-funded military buildup since 2001, China's buildup of military infrastructure and offensive forces along the border, and the criminal neglect of our own armed forces during the same period... these factors all combine to create the perfect storm.
The balance of power has shifted; Pakistan will soon be in a position where they can unleash large-scale and blatant terror attacks all over India knowing full well that their armed forces can give us a serious bloody nose should we try to retaliate. Not only has our relative military edge eroded, but we now face a much bigger threat along the Chinese border as well. In the event of war, a huge chunk of our military capability must now be tied down facing the Chinese, meaning we have even less combat power to use against the Pakis. Unlike previous conflicts where we could relegate minimal forces to the Chinese border, we now face a very potent threat there. And we certainly wouldn't be getting any help from the broke and war-weary US.
I feel the Paki\Chinese generals are looking to pick a fight with India sometime in the next year or two. I hope I'm wrong because I don't see how we can undo so many years of neglect in such a short time, even if GOI were truly cognizant of the threat.