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The U.S. Army is preparing for the full-rate production of the AH-64E helicopters. It had officially designated the Block III Apache attack helicopter as the AH-64E to avoid confusion from the AH-64D.
According to Col. Jeff Hager, the Army’s Apache manager, the decision to go into full-rate production issued in August “is probably the single largest decision for this program since Block Is and Block IIs went into production.” Boeing will have to make 48 helicopters per year for the army in the span of two years and another 48 units to foreign sales. The U.S. Army is planning to buy 690 units overall. The first AH-64E was delivered last November and since then, the production rate has been three helicopter per month.
The AH-64E has more power and improved maneuverability than its predecessors. During the testing last year, it was able to counter realistic air defense threats at demonstrations in Naval Air Station in China Lake, California.
Meanwhile, production is slowing down for the Block II Apache as the units are being prepared for conversion.
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Ninety organizations from different nations are appealing to the US government to stop providing Indonesia with deadly attack helicopters. The appeal comes as Indonesia announces its plan to buy eight Apache-64 helicopters from the US.
The groups fear that the helicopters will only heighten the conflicts in Indonesia, especially in the region of West Papua. The organizations’ letter expressed that the helicopters pose as a direct threat to West Papua civilians.
The Indonesia Military (TNI) regularly perform sweep operations that involve attacks to the villages. These attacks force innocent civilians to flee their homes. The letter disclosed that “Papuan civilians either flee the attacks to neighboring villages or into the surrounding forests where many die or face starvation, cut off from access to their gardens, shelter, and medical care.” Sweep operations are currently under way in the Central Highlands of the West Papua region.
The sweep operations commonly use Apache-64 helicopters. It is designed as a ground attack helicopter that can be operated by day and night. It is armed with high caliber chain guns and capable of firing missiles.
The appeal was started by the U.S.-based East Timor and IndonesiaAction Network (ETAN) and the West Papua Advocacy Team. It was signed by various human rights advocacy groups, religious, indigenous rights, disarmament and other organizations from 14 different nations.
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Fort Carson is gearing up to build a $773 million construction project to house the new combat aviation brigade. This move is planned, despite the Pentagon’s effort to limit the military budget. However, this project will surely boost the local economy by providing jobs and revenue to Colorado.
“By the skin of our teeth, the combat aviation brigade is coming to Fort Carson,” said Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, the post’s commanding general.
A heavy combat aviation brigade is coming to Fort Carson and units will start to arrive in January 2013. The first batch of helicopters will include a dozen of CH-47 Chinooks. The whole brigade will be an assortment of AH-64 Apache helicopters, UH-60 Blackhawk transports and HH-60 Blackhawks. The brigade is expected to be fully operational by 2015.
Bids for the brigade’s headquarters will be opened next week, while the bid for the airport hangar had started earlier this year.
This early, Fort Carson had contributed $2 billion dollars into the region’s economy and the arrival of the aviation brigade will beef it up even more. Construction of facilities is estimated to add $1.3 billion to the local economy. It will also create more than 13,000 jobs.
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The Buckingham Palace confirmed last Friday that Prince Harry has arrived in the United States for a two-month military helicopter training course.
The prince, known as Captain Harry Wales in the British Army Air Corps, will start his training at the Naval Air Facility at El Centro, Calif., where he will fly Apache helicopters in the desert near the Mexican border.
Harry is among 20 students in the British Army participating in Exercise Crimson Eagle, which ends at Gila Bend Auxiliary Air Force Base in Arizona, where they will fire missiles, rockets and cannons from the AH-64 Apache helicopters.Upon completion of the course, Harry, 27, will return to the U.K. as a fully trained Apache pilot, where he will then be assigned to an Apache squadron. It will then be up to the Ministry of Defense, reports say, to determine whether he will be deployed.
The facility hosts allied troops throughout the year because its hot, dusty conditions replicate Afghanistan’s harsh environment and the clear weather allows for constant flying.
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Having an AH-64 Apache attack helicopter pilot for your dad is pretty cool. Even cooler is being an Apache pilot and having two of your children follow in your footsteps to become pilots, too.
Capt. Dennis McNamara decided to rejoin his former unit, the 8-229 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, as an Apache pilot when both his son and daughter were deploying to Iraq with the unit.
“Without a doubt, I’m the proudest man on earth,” said Capt. Dennis McNamara, an AH-64 Apache Longbow attack helicopter pilot for the 8th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 229th Aviation Regiment, an Army Reserve unit based out of Fort Knox, Ky.
Capt. Dennis McNamara is currently stationed at Camp Taji, Iraq, where he flies AH-64 Apaches alongside his daughter, Capt. Elizabeth McNamara, 28, and his son, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brendon McNamara, 24.
Elizabeth and Brendon, who both call Louisville, Ky., home, said having their father with them has its advantages, giving them an extra “support element” while here.
Elizabeth said some of her earliest memories are of Apaches and the pilots who fly them.
“I remember going out to the airfield, guys playing volleyball, watching the parties at the gazebos. I knew for a long time that I was going to join the Army, but the one thing I wanted to do with it was fly attack helicopters. If we were going to go to combat, I wanted to be the one in the sky with the gun.”
Elizabeth is a platoon leader in her battalion. She said her father knows a thing or two about leadership. With Elizabeth now in a command position, her father offers her advice and gives her critiques on her leadership style. They often talk while eating together at the dining facility or while hanging out when off duty.
Brendon, as a warrant officer, is a technical expert on flying, and he and his father often discuss tactics. His father is serving as an instructor pilot for the unit so talking about flying comes with the territory.
Their containerized housing units are close to each other and they often hit the gym together, so despite being on different schedules, there are plenty of chances for Brendon to talk to “Dad,” not to mention salute him, and his big sister, too.
“I couldn’t see both my children deploying and leaving me at home,” he said. He called the unit’s commander, Lt. Col. James Posey, and asked to rejoin the 8-229th for the deployment.
“Dennis McNamara and I have worked together for several years, so I considered it an honor to have his children serving in my command, and I welcomed his return to the unit,” Posey said. “When the chance presented itself for him to deploy with us, I was a little concerned with having over half the family in my unit, in a combat zone, and all flying the same aircraft!”
Dennis has been flying Apaches for more than 20 years. He served in Operation Desert Storm and in Operation Iraqi Freedom. But for his two kids, this deployment was their first.
Source: U.S. Army