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  • 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...
  • Saudi Helos for Indian Navy
    Saudi Helos for Indian Navy 26 March 2020
    The naval helicopter market is expanding due to the balances in the oceans. In this context, the configurations of the platforms that the ordered by countries will receive are also determined. India announced that it will acquire 24 MH-60R naval helicopters last February. Within the scope of the agreement, which includes six AH-64 Apache and 24 MH-60 Romeo, and the total cost of which is announced as 2.12 billion USD. The model of the platforms that New Delhi will take delivery...
  • India Ordered Billion-Dollar Helicopters
    India Ordered Billion-Dollar Helicopters 26 February 2020
    Western-origin armament process continue in South Asia, where the arms race continues at full speed. The process of armament came back to the agenda with the new helicopter acquisition of India. India, which has made strides for the establishment of the domestic defense industry with the "Make In India" Program, continues to import weapon procurement. New Delhi signed a new helicopter procurement contract with the USA. The Armed Forces, will take d...
  • 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...
  • Russian Firepower Power to Egyptian Ships
    Russian Firepower Power to Egyptian Ships 8 January 2020
    Egypt comes to the fore with the tension in the Eastern Mediterranean, the training and exercise activities carried out with different countries in the region. The Cairo government, which acquire currency with its collaborations in the region, published new images from the navy. In the images published from the Egyptian Navy deploying different aircraft on the platform, it was determined that the country also deployed Russian-made aircraft on the ships. The Navy, which playe...
  • Ukraine Plans to Acquire Apache AH-64 Helicopters
    Ukraine Plans to Acquire Apache AH-64 Helicopters 23 December 2019
    The Ministry of Defence of Ukraine plans to buy McDonnell Douglas AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to replace old Soviet helicopters of the Ukrainian army. This decision was made as a result of a defence review, which ended last week, and its results were transferred to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence believes that gaps in the capabilities of the Ukrainian army and the defence-industrial complex should be eliminated through the purchase of moder...
  • 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...
  • Apaches Return to Skies 13 August 2019
      Recently, the European press announced that some AH-64 Apache helicopters of the Royal Netherlands Air Force were grounded. The first of these platforms started to test flights two days ago.  Helicopters grounded until a second order after technical personnel detected structural problems in the tail rotor during standard maintenance procedures last June. The Netherlands Armed Forces said in a statement, no problems detected at eight AH-64 which located at Fort ...
  • 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...
  • Ataka Will Enter the Inventory After a Long Time 1 July 2019
      The Indian Air Force will procure 9M120 Sturm Ataka anti-tank missiles worth about $29 million from Russia. India wants to be prepared for possible attacks after the Balakot aerial strike on February 26, 2019. According to government sources, India wants to supply the missiles in about three months. India has been trying to acquire the Russian missiles for a long time but the deal has been signed under the emergency provisions after more than a decade. The missiles ...
  • 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...
  • Greek Helicopters Landed on Egyptian LHD
    Greek Helicopters Landed on Egyptian LHD 24 March 2019
    According to Naval Analyses, Greek CH-47 Chinook and Apache helicopters landed on Egyptian Mistral-class LHD. Greek and Egyptian military forces attended on bilateral joint exercise “Medousa 6” from June 23 to 29, 2018. The Hellenic Armed Forces participated with two frigates, one submarine, eight F-16 fighters, one AWACS, one Super Puma SCAR helicopter, one Chinook carrier helicopter, two Apache attack helicopters, and SOF team The Egyptian Armed Forces with one Mistral-clas...
  • 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-...
  • Israel Will Keep Greek Helicopters Running
    Israel Will Keep Greek Helicopters Running 29 November 2018
    Greek-Israeli Defence and Technical Cooperation Working Group meet for 8th time in Athens on Thursday 22nd November. Greece's procurement program for Heron Block1 from Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) / Malat was on discussion table. Greece will buy up to 7 Heron Block1 and 1 + 1 ground control stations for a total amount of € 35.5 million. Representatives of the Greek and Israeli sides discussed the maintenance of the T700-GE-401C engines of the eight S70B6 anti...
  • 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.
  • Greek Apaches in Cyprus Island
    Greek Apaches in Cyprus Island 28 October 2018
    Greek Cypriot Administration web site published photos from “Exercise of co-operation between Cyprus and Greece.” The website announced that that, “Within the framework of the military cooperation between Cyprus and Greece, a co-operation on ground and airborne instruments took place on October 26, 2018 at the Kalo Chorio Fire Brigade. The ultimate goal of the exercise was to maintain and enhance operational capabilities with the appropriate training of personnel o...
  • 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...
  • Netherlands Continues Modernization 17 October 2018
    The Netherlands continues to modernize its army. In recent weeks, Netherlands has signed an agreement with the US to modernize the AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook helicopters, and now it has taken action to modernize the PzH 2000NL howitzers and CV90 vehicles.   Under the program called Mid Life Upgrade (MLU), the electronic components of PzH 2000NL howitzers will be renewed and ventilation systems will be replaced. The automatic loading system will be adapted to long-...
  • Qatari Apaches on the Line 15 October 2018
    Boeingr started to Qatar’s production for Apache. The first of the 24 AH-64 Apache helicopters, ordered by Qatar in 2016, entered the production line at Mesa Facilities, located in Arizona, last Saturday. Qatar will pay $ 667 million for procurement. AH-64 Apache helicopter, which serves in the inventory of many countries, is powered by two engines. The helicopter can withstand up to 23 mm ammunition and has a maximum take-off weight of about 9,500 kilograms. The platform, whi...
  • 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. 
  • US Seeks to Boost Arms Sales to India 8 September 2018
    US Army Lt. Gen. Charles Hooper, the director of the Defence Security Cooperation Agency, said US is interested in boosting arms sales to India. India is modernizing its military and the United States would like to compete for those sales, he said. Hooper, traveling to India with Defence Secretary James N. Mattis, said reporters, "We're very confident that, when given all of the information that they need, they'll choose American systems and American services". Ind...
  • Longbow Missile to Middle East
    Longbow Missile to Middle East 2 August 2018
    Kuwait continues to its arms procurement. Kuwait,  requested 300 Lockheed Martin AGM-114R Hellfire and this request was approved by the United States. In the statement made by DSCA (Defense Security Cooperation Agency), Kuwait will pay 30.4 million US Dollars for 19 M261 launchers for 70 mm rockets, 300 AGM-114R Hellfire, spare parts training and support services specified. Kuwait already hasd 96 laser-guided AGM-114K and 288 radar-guided AGM-114L missi...
  • 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...
  • Boeing Netherlands Co-operation
    Boeing Netherlands Co-operation 20 July 2018
    The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) signed an agreement with Boeing. Under the agreement, Boeing will provide maintenance and spare parts to the AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook helicopters in the RNLAF inventory. The program, called COHESU (Combined Helicopter Support Services), was signed during the Royal International Tattoo. Agreement aims to maintain the availability of the helicopters of the Netherlands. COHESU is a performance-based procurement program for Ap...
  • 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 ...
  • 268 New Apache on the Way
    268 New Apache on the Way 19 May 2018

    Boeing started preparation worf for new Apache helicopters. It was announced that the preparations for the production of 268 new helicopters for the US and Saudi Arabia will begin. Within the scope of the studies, studies will be carried out on topics such as production schedule, delivery, provision of necessary subsystems.

    The procurement agreements of helicopters to be produced for the US and Saudi Arabia were signed in 2017. The total amount of the multi-year agreement reached...

  • 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. 
  • Bell V-280 Flew For The First Time in Cruise Mode
    Bell V-280 Flew For The First Time in Cruise Mode 17 May 2018
    Bell’s V-280 tiltrotor flew for the first time in cruise mode on 11 May. The company says the vertical take-off and landing aircraft achieved a speed of 190 knots and that at a later date, within the next 90 days the company says, it will aim to increase this to 280 knots.  The new Bell V-280 Valor is a medium, tactical tiltrotor aircraft designed for the U.S. Army Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) program. The V-280 Valor is ...
  • Rotary-wing Platform Tests Completed
    Rotary-wing Platform Tests Completed 1 March 2018
    HMS Queen Elizabeth has arrived back in Portsmouth following successful first of class rotary wing trials in the Atlantic.  The trials were conducted with two Merlin Mk2 and two Chinook Mk 5 test platforms. A thousand deck landings have been carried out in a range of sea and weather conditions and both airframe types have flown an average of ten hours a day. The data will be processed over the coming months and will eventually provide the Ship Helicopter Operatin...
  • 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.