With a successful performance in Exercise Iron Titan, the UK Army’s biggest land exercise in 20 years, Lean AH-64E attack helicopters have been declared ready for front-line duty, the British military announced on October 23.
Over 6 weeks3 Regiment Army Air Corps (AAC) planned and executed simulated strike missions, while the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and ground crew maintained the aircraft in operational condition and ran Forward Arming and Refueling points at isolated locations.
Testing the full range of requirements, Iron Titan put every aspect of the unit, from logistics and command and control processes to maintenance and operations, through its paces.
“To achieve validation, every operation we deliver as a regiment has been tested in a realistic scenario that reflects the challenges of modern operations,” said 3 Regt AAC Commanding Officer, Lt Col Rich Simcock. “We demonstrated how we can sustain and survive on the battlefield while striking targets far behind enemy lines to give ground troops a decisive advantage.”
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50 new Apache AH-64E attack helicopters to be delivered by 2024
The new Apache AH-64Es were first delivered in November 2020, when the British Army received two of the attack helicopters from a complement of 50 supplied by Boeing as part of an intergovernmental agreement signed with the US in 2016. to complete the 2024.
The AH-64Es will replace the Apache MK1 helicopters that have been in service with the British Army since 2001. The AH-64E is considered one of the most advanced multi-role helicopters in the world today, with an improvement over its predecessors, including in sensors and new avionics such as communications and data sharing facilities.
Flight performance has also been enhanced, with new drivetrain and rotor blades. Units operating the new Apache should also expect to see better foam platform availability, as an integrated maintenance diagnostic system has been added to the service dynamic.
In June 2021 the UK Secretary of Defense confirmed that the helicopters will be armed with the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM), as well as Hellfire K1 and Hellfire Romeo missiles and a 30mm chain gun.
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