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  • Russia integrates Helicopters and Drones
    Russia integrates Helicopters and Drones 3 July 2020
    According to Russian Izvestia Daily, the latest Kamov Ka-52M ((NATO Call Hokum-B) helicopter will be able to interact with drones due to special onboard communication equipment and controls. The new integration will allow pilots to see images through drones in real-time and control drone flight in future. According to daily, upgraded Ka-52M will have direct communications with a drone, defence industry and military sources said. The technical assignment for the new system has been f...
  • New Apache Order
    New Apache Order 2 July 2020
    AH-64 Apache attack helicopters, which have made their maiden flight in 1975 and have been in production since 1983, do not lose their popularity. Morocco, which has entered a remarkable arms race with the countries in the region, has ordered the AH-64E Apache to the USA. The country will receive a total of 24 platforms within the scope of procurement, the total cost of which is estimated at 440 million USD. According to the statement from Boeing, deliveries that will start in 2024 ...
  • Did Philippines Gave Up with T129 Atak?
    Did Philippines Gave Up with T129 Atak? 1 July 2020
    The bad news came from the Philippines, which started a comprehensive armament program to improve army capabilities. According to the Philippines media and open sources, the country gave up the procurement of T129 Atak. AS a result of the news; the problems experienced in the export license of LHTEC CTS800 engines that power Atak helicopters shown. In addition, it was mentioned that some imported components used in the platform's avionics are one of the reasons that halted ...
  • Qatari Apache Production Completed
    Qatari Apache Production Completed 16 June 2020
    Qatar, which has recently signed important procurement agreements, is about to complete the attack helicopter acquisition process. Boeing, one of the leading defence and aviation companies of the USA, announced that the manufacturing process has been finished in Qatar AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. Within the scope of the activities carried out at the company's facility in Mesa, Arizona, the test flights of the platforms were also completed. It is stated that all helicopters ...
  • Philippines to Continue with Turkey for Attack Helicopter Procurement Program
    Philippines to Continue with Turkey for Attack Helicopter Procurement Program 14 May 2020
    The decision was announced in November 2019 that the Philippines would procure six T129 Atak Attack helicopters from Turkey. While no agreement has yet been signed for procuring, the United States has proposed the AH-1Z Viper for the Philippines attack helicopter procurement program. The T129 Atak helicopter is a cost-effective solution than the AH-1Z Viper, Philippine Defence Minister Delfin Lorenzana said, adding that they have allocated a budget of USD 258 million for the pr...
  • Egypt to Refurbish Apache Capability
    Egypt to Refurbish Apache Capability 10 May 2020
    Egypt, which has modernized its army with many weapons purchases from various countries and has become an important power in the Eastern Mediterranean, is improving its attack helicopter capability. The United States has approved the possible sale of materials requested by Cairo in line with the requirements of AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. Egypt requested many subcomponents for refurbishment requirement of platforms such as 88 T700-GE-701D turboshaft engines, which 86...
  • Apache and Viper Approved
    Apache and Viper Approved 3 May 2020
    The Philippines, which restructuring the army and decided to re-establish many elements after ISIS has started in the country, continues its activities. An important announcement was made in the attack helicopter process of the Philippines, which continues to be armed with limited economic opportunities. The U.S. has approved the possible sale of eight AH-64E Apache Guardian or AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters as part of the country's attack helicopter requirements. ...
  • 500th Apache Guardian Delivery
    500th Apache Guardian Delivery 24 April 2020
    The AH-64 Apache helicopter, which has been on the battlefield since 1975 when it made its first flight under the name YAH-64, left an important milestone behind. Boeing, one of the leading aviation companies of the USA, announced that the 500th AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopter was delivered to the US Army. Platforms that offer important features such as joint digital interoperability, advanced situational awareness, digital avionics as well as lower maintenance costs compared...
  • Singapore Show Interests in AH-64E Apaches
    Singapore Show Interests in AH-64E Apaches 17 February 2020
    Boeing has confirmed at the Singapore Air Show 2020 that the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has expressed its interest to rebuild 12 of its 20 existing AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters to the latest AH-64E Apache Guardian variant. The RSAF currently has 12 AH-64D Apache Longbows based in Singapore as part of the 120 Squadron, while eight aircraft are based in Silverbell Army Heliport in Marana, Arizona and used for training as part of the Peace Vanguard detachme...
  • U.S. Army Apaches being armed with Spike NLOS
    U.S. Army Apaches being armed with Spike NLOS 12 January 2020
    The U.S. Army is buying an unspecific number of Israeli-made, Spike Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) missiles for its Apache helicopters. An Army Requirements Oversight Council decision has authorised the service to acquire missiles current and future aviation. The service fired the Spike NLOS missile from AH-64E Apache attack helicopters both in Israel and at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, last year.  Defence News witnessed the demonstration flights; The AH-64 hid behind 1,60...
  • Morocco to buy 36 Apache
    Morocco to buy 36 Apache 21 November 2019
    Morocco has been cleared to buy up to 36 Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters for an estimated value of USD 4.25 billion. US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Morocco of 36 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $4.25 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 19, 2019. The Government of M...
  • Helicopter Change in Inventory
    Helicopter Change in Inventory 7 November 2019
    Poland plans to replace the Mil Mi-24 ‘Hind’ attack helicopter in its inventory with modern platforms under the Kruk (Raven) program. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defence (MND), the MND confirmed the high priority of the Kruk program. The MND is focused on the acquisition of two combat rotary-wing squadrons for the Ground Forces and additional helicopters for the Navy. While the platform to be purchased is not determined within the scope of th...
  • Second Batch of Apaches Arrived Home in India
    Second Batch of Apaches Arrived Home in India 10 August 2019
    The second batch of four Boeing 'AH-64E(I)' Apache Guardian helicopters for the Indian Air Force (IAF) arrived at the Hindon Air Force Station (AFS) on the outskirts of New Delhi on 30 July. All eight platforms are delivered a few weeks before schedule. Delivery of the remaining 14 Apache Guardians is scheduled to be completed by 2020. Thereafter, the IAF is expected to fly the aircraft to Pathankot AFS, which is located close to India's border with Pakistan, f...
  • Indian First AH-64Es Reaches Home on Jul. 27
    Indian First AH-64Es Reaches Home on Jul. 27 21 July 2019
    The first batch of AH-64E Apache attack helicopters for the Indian Air Force (IAF) will reach Hindon Airbase in Ghaziabad on Jul. 27. It is likely that there will be three to four helicopters in this consignment. But the deployment of Apache's first squadron in Pathankot will take another month. India has purchased 22 Apache helicopters from the United States. The first squadron of the Apaches will be stationed at Pathankot and the first Commanding Officer will be Grou...
  • Apaches to be Guardian of India
    Apaches to be Guardian of India 13 May 2019
    India, taking important steps in the field of defence and modernizing the tools in its inventory, took another step. The New Delhi administration announced the first AH-64E (I) Apache Guardian attack helicopter has been delivered. The Indian Air Force has made a statement on delivery. The first platform was delivered to India at a ceremony held at Boaing's Mesa Facility in Arizona. Three more Apache helicopters will be put out production line and the first delivery package, whic...
  • 3 Billion for 24 AH-64E Apache Helicopters
    3 Billion for 24 AH-64E Apache Helicopters 10 May 2019
    The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Qatar of 24 AH-64E Apache Attack helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $3.0 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Qatar has requested to buy 24 AH-64E Apache Attack helicopters; 52 T700-GE-701D engines; 2,500 AGM-114R Hellfire missiles; also included are 28 M230 30mm autom...
  • Qatar Received First AH-64E Apache Guardian Attack Helicopters
    Qatar Received First AH-64E Apache Guardian Attack Helicopters 15 March 2019
    Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) received first AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters ordered from the U.S. Qatar deputy PM who is Minister of State for Defence Affaires attended the ceremony of the first delivery of AH-64E Guardian helicopters to QWEAF. The deliveries of the helicopters will be completed by the end of May 2020. The new helicopters will allow the Qatari Armed Forces (QAF) to replace its aging airframes (SA342 Gazelle scout helicopter) with multi-...
  • Egypt to Pay $ 1 billion for 10 AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopter
    Egypt to Pay $ 1 billion for 10 AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopter 29 November 2018
    The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Egypt of ten AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopters for an estimated cost of $1.0 billion. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. The Government of the Egypt has requested to buy ten AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopters, 24 1700-GE-701D Engines, 24 M299 HELLFIRE Launchers, 135 HELLFIRE Missiles.
  • Apache Need For Speed
    Apache Need For Speed 27 October 2018
    Boeing has made a move for new solutions to the AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. With these modifications, it is aimed to provide more speed for Apaches. In this context, the drag force. Testing of modifications called AH-64E Block 2 Compound is currently underway. The trials are based on a 30% scale model in Boeing's wind tunnel in Pennsylvania. In the wind tunnel, the helicopter is simulated by the integration of a pusher-type propeller on tail, larger fixed wings, backward-f...
  • Boeing  Wins $242M for 17 AH-64E Apaches for UAE
    Boeing Wins $242M for 17 AH-64E Apaches for UAE 8 October 2018
    The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $242,109,170 modification (P00021) to foreign military sales (United Arab Emirates) contract W58RGZ-16-C-0023 for the remanufacture of eight, and procurement of nine new-build Apache AH-64E aircraft.    Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2023. Fiscal 2010 foreign military sales funds in the amount of $242,109,170 were obligated at the time of the award. 
  • India’s First AH-64E Apache and CH-47F Chinook Helicopters Make Maiden Flight
    India’s First AH-64E Apache and CH-47F Chinook Helicopters Make Maiden Flight 29 July 2018
    On July 27, 2018, the head of Boeing India, Pratyush Kumar, reported that the first aircraft Apache AH-64E attack and CH-47F Chinook helicopters of the Indian Air Force made its maiden flight in Arizona, USA. In 2015, India ordered 22 Apache Guardian combat helicopters and 15 Chinook transport helicopters. The amount of the transaction was about $ 3 billion. The AH-64E attack helicopter is the latest version of the AH-64, also known as Apache Guardian. The CH-47F is an adv...
  • Republic of China Deployed Cavalry Brigade
    Republic of China Deployed Cavalry Brigade 18 July 2018
    Taiwan's Ministry of National Defence commissioned its air brigade equipped with AH-64E helicopters. Deployment of 29 AH-64E Apache Guardian in the Taiwan inventory a brigade named 601st Air Cavalry Brigade, which has been completed. The brigade has two Apache squadrons. The second squadron of the brigade completed the combat readiness training last year. Brigade is operates under the Army Aviation and Special Forces Command and is deployed to Taouyan's Longtan Dis...
  • Lockheed's Joint Air-To-Ground Missile Enters into Low-Rate Initial Production
    Lockheed's Joint Air-To-Ground Missile Enters into Low-Rate Initial Production 30 June 2018
    Lockheed Martin's Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) system has successfully passed its Defence Acquisition Board review. The signed Acquisition Decision Memorandum approves the JAGM system to enter into Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP). JAGM is a multi-sensor air-to-ground missile that is the successor to the combat proven HELLFIRE Romeo and HELLFIRE Longbow missiles. Backward compatible with all rotary wing and fixed wing platforms that fire the HELLFIRE family of missiles, ...
  • US State Department approves sale of six AH-64E Apaches to India
    US State Department approves sale of six AH-64E Apaches to India 13 June 2018
    The US State Department approved a possible direct commercial sale of six Boeing AH-64E Apache helicopters to India for an estimated cost of $930 million on 12 June. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible. The Government of India has requested to buy the following items in support of a proposed direct commercial sale of six AH-64E Apache helicopters: Included in the sale are 14 GE Aviation T700-GE-70...
  • Japan to replace Cobra helicopters
    Japan to replace Cobra helicopters 1 June 2018
    Japan has issued a request for information (RFI) to replace its Fuji-Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters. The RFI, aims finding a replacement for the 71 AH-1Shelicopters fielded by the Japanese Ground Self Defence Force (JGSDF) of which 59 are reported to still be operational. Japan manufactured 89 AH-1S Cobras which were licensed by Fuji Heavy Industries.  The engine is the T53-K-703 turboshaft, which Kawasaki Heavy Industries produced under license. The effort to replace ...
  • Indonesia Received 'Apache' Helos
    Indonesia Received 'Apache' Helos 17 May 2018
    The Indonesian Army (TNI) officially took delivery of eight Boeing AH-64E attack helicopters on May 16 at the Army Air Force Base at Ahmad Yani Airport in Semarang. Procurement of the eight helicopters is part of the Foreign Military Sales program to advance the country's defensive capabilities. 
  • Qatar Requests APKWS II
    Qatar Requests APKWS II 11 April 2018
    Qatar has requested 5 thousand Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS) II Guidance Sections from the US, The Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on 9 April. The Congress was notified regarding the possible sale which also includes 5 thousand MK66-4 2.75-inch rocket motors and 5 thousand high explosive warheads for airborne 2.75-inch rockets. If the Congress approves, Qatar will pay approximately $300 million under the Foreign Military Sales contract. ...
  • Indian Army Gets Closer to Apaches
    Indian Army Gets Closer to Apaches 26 February 2018
    India issued a Letter of Request (LoR) to the US government for buying Boeing-made Apaches, formally kicking off the foreign military sales programme. India’s defence acquisition council approved the proposal to buy six Apache AH-64E attack helicopters from the US last year which is expected to cost around $650 million. The helicopters will be equipped with Hellfire and Stinger missiles.
  • US Army Realigns AH-64E Apache FOTE
    US Army Realigns AH-64E Apache FOTE 15 January 2018
    The US Army announced realigning its Follow-On Test and Evaluation (FOTE) of technology insertions for the AH-64E Apache helicopter on 9 January. Accordingly, FOTE II is planned to take place in the third quarter of fiscal year 2019, one year later than initially planned. The delay is aimed at increasing efficiency and effectiveness of the operational testing, the army stated. The FOTE event will test capability improvements in the AH-64E Apache to include Version 6, which is focused on incre...
  • Apache Guardian Delivered to Indonesia
    Apache Guardian Delivered to Indonesia 20 December 2017
    Indonesia has received its first Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter from the US on December 18. The Apache helicopter was delivered to the city of Semarang in Java, Indonesia using a US Air Force C-17A Globemaster III airlifter. Indonesia requested eight Apache Guardians in September 2012 under a $1,42 billion US Foreign Military Sales deal that includes 140 AGM-114R3 Hellfire II anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM), 19 General Electric T-700-G...
  • Taiwan Commissioned First Apache Combat Squad
    Taiwan Commissioned First Apache Combat Squad 30 June 2017
    Taiwan's first Apache combat squad was formally commissioned Wednesday under the Army Aviation and Special Forces Command in a ceremony at the command's 601st Brigade base in Taoyuan's Longtan District. After undergoing more than two years of training on Taiwan's most advanced attack helicopters, one of the country's two Apache squads was formally commissioned on 28 June, which is expected to contribute greatly to improving the army's combat capability, accor...
  • The US Signed Apache Contract
    The US Signed Apache Contract 23 March 2017
    Boeing has been awarded a five-year AH-64E Apache attack helicopter contract by the US Army yesterday, in the scope of which Boeing would supply 244 remanufactured AH-64Es to the army for $3.4 billion. According to the contract, Boeing is to deliver 52 helicopters within 2017. The contract has also an option of produce up to 450 aircraft for the army or to be acquired through foreign military sales, which, if exercised, would increase the contract worth up to $7 billion.&n...
  • $3,28 Billion 'Apache Guardian' Contract
    $3,28 Billion 'Apache Guardian' Contract 16 March 2017
    Boeing has been awarded a $3,28 billion contract to provide newly-built and remanufactured AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters to Saudi Arabia. The agreement also covers training, ground support equipment, spares, logistics, and engineering technical services. Relevant work will be completed by 30 June 2022, according to the US Department of Defense press release on 15 March.
  • Korea’s AH-64Es carried out first live-firing exercise
    Korea’s AH-64Es carried out first live-firing exercise 31 December 2016
    Republic of Korea’s new fleet of AH-64E attack helicopters joined for the first time a live-fire exercise at a military range in Yangpyeong on Dec. 29. The pilots fired 2.75-inch rockets and the 30mm chain gun at the range. A total of six helicopters and 12 pilots participated. Korea, under constant threat of North Korea, focused on defence procurement .  
  • Korea's New Apache Fleet Conducts First Live-fire Exercise
    Korea's New Apache Fleet Conducts First Live-fire Exercise 30 December 2016
    The Republic of Korea’s new AH-64E Apache attack helicopter fleet participated a drill at a military range in Yangpyeong, on 29 December, where they held their first live-fire training exercise. During the drill, six Apache helicopters successfully hit two 70 mm rockets in hovering state and their other targets located two kms away. The Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) plans to introduce 36 Apaches to its service within May 2017. AH-64E Apache attack helicopter has a maximum cruising speed...
  • New 'Guardian' to United Arab Emirates
    New 'Guardian' to United Arab Emirates 9 December 2016
    United Arab Emirates (UAE) is to purchase 37 Apache AH-64E Guardian (Muhafız) helicopters from the US. According to the US Defence Security Cooperation agency announcement on 8 December, UAE is waiting for congress approval for 28 remanufactured and 9 new Apache AH-64E helicopters. Prime contractors being Boeing and Lockheed Martin, the contract value is estimated as $3.5 billion. 
  • BAE Missile Warning System to Egypt
    BAE Missile Warning System to Egypt 8 October 2016
    The US government approved the possible sales of Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) to Egyptian Air Force on 6 October.  BAE Systems and DynCorp being the prime contractors, the estimated contract cost $81.4 million. The agreement covers 67 AN/AAR-57 CMWS to be integrated with the force’s AH-64E Apache, UH-60 Blackhawks, and CH-47 Chinook Helicopters and related equipment, training, and support. 
  • Foldable UAV by Bell Helicopter
    Foldable UAV by Bell Helicopter 23 September 2016
    Bell Helicopter unveiled a tiltrotor unmanned aircraft that can fold for optimal storage at the National Press Club in Washington on 22 September. The V-247 Vigilant, does not require a runway with its vertical lift capability and can fold its wings and rotors requiring less space to store and transport. The aircraft is capable of flying 11 hours with mission payload, but has a 1,400 nautical mile operational radius. Especially targeting US Marine Corps., the aircraft has 24-hour pe...
  • MBDA Demonstrates Brimstone Missile Live Firing from Apache Helicopter
    MBDA Demonstrates Brimstone Missile Live Firing from Apache Helicopter 17 July 2016
    MBDA and Boeing have successfully completed a series of physical trials and firings of Brimstone on the AH-64E attack helicopter to confirm the feasibility of integrating the missile with the United Kingdom’s future Apache AH-64E fleet. These trials validate a prior UK MOD study contract with MBDA and Boeing that confirmed integration was expected to be low risk. The programme was funded by a UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) contract, awarded to MBDA in September 2015. It included...
  • Qatar signs deal for 24 AH-64E Apaches 8 June 2016
    Qatar has signed for 24 Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters to be delivered by 31 May 2020. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress in 2014 that an authorisation had been granted to provide 24 of the type to Qatar, and a $667 million contract was signed on 7 June. Qatar first requested the Apache helicopters in July 2012 for an estimated USD3 billion. Given its value, the contract award announced amounts to approximately USD27 million per aircraft and will likel...