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The US Army fielded its first unit of AH-64E Block III Helicopter. Manufactured by Boeing, it is hailed as the future of attack helicopters.
“Right now, we are currently fielding the first unit equipped, our FUE [first unit equipped] unit, with Echo-models, and we’re on track to meet that fielding schedule,” says Col Jeff Hager, the army’s Apache programme manager.
Boeing had also delivered 28 of the total 51 low-rate initial production units of AH-64E that they were contracted to build. The Army are also in the process of transitioning to full-rate production of AH-64H. There will a total of 634 units built.
As the full-rate production starts, the US Army will still be busy improving the completed units of AH-64E. Improvements include adding a Link-16 data-link, which is typically found on fixed-wing combat aircraft. The Northrop Grumman APG-78 Longbow fire control radar will also be enhanced for a wider range and overwater capability. The Longbow radar will be used with the Apache’s AGM-114 Hellfire missile for attaching landing craft or small warships. The Hellfire missile was developed by Lockheed Martin.
More improvements will be added in the future such as active electronically scanned array radar and cognitive decision aiding system (CDAS) which according to Hager can help the pilots and the crew with some tricky tasks.
The US Army is also supporting Boeing in getting an international market for the AH-64E as the demand for the helicopter continuous to rise.
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The fleet of the AH-64 Apache helicopters of the U.S. Army has surpassed 3.5 million flight hours. Boeing and Apache suppliers all over the world are commending the impressive milestone.
The milestone is a proof of the endurance and reliability of the helicopter model. Apaches had been in service since 1984 and it had flown combat missions in Afganistan, involved in exercises in South Korea and trained alongside the new AH-64D Apache Block III.
“Achieving and surpassing 3.5 million flight hours is a very significant milestone for the Apache, and I am incredibly proud of the soldiers who fly and maintain this helicopter,” said Col. Jeff Hager, Apache project manager for the Army. “I am also pleased for the opportunity to work with dedicated and diligent men and women in government service and industry who design, build and continue to modernize an aircraft that delivers proven capabilities and cutting-edge technologies.”
Boeing is the manufacturer of the Apache helicopters in its Mesa facility. It had scheduled the first units of the helicopter two months advanced in 1983 and since then Apche have fulfilled the demands of battlefield commanders and soldiers effectively.
The newest variation of the Apache helicopter, AH-64D Apache Block III, has composite main rotor blades, a composite stabilator, 701D engines with an enhanced digital electronic control unit, and an improved drive system that enhances the rotorcraft’s performance.
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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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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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The US Army has confirmed that Taiwan will be the first customer for the AH-64D Apache Block III.
The deal for 30 Apache aircraft, which was the number confirmed by Col Shane Openshaw, PM Apache, could be worth some $2.5 billion according to the DCSA. The aircraft would be a major enhancement to Taiwanese capabilities.
The AH-64D Apache Block III is the most advanced variant of the attack helicopter. It has updated avionics and an improved dynamic system giving the aircraft better performance and greater interoperability with unmanned air systems and troops on the ground.
Overall, AH-64D Longbow Block III improvements incorporate 25 technology insertions as part of the Army’s future force plan. On July 14/06, Boeing and U.S. Army officials signed a $619.3 million contract for Block III upgrades to the current and future Apache fleet, via a virtual signing ceremony held in Washington, DC; Huntsville, AL; and Mesa, AZ. Previously signed and executed contracts for risk reduction engineering work were collectively valued at another $66.1 million, and there had also been some advance ordering and development of components like radar units.
The Apache for Taiwan will be part of the low-rate initial production batch. The first new build Apache Block III will be one of the aircraft for Taiwan and will go on the line in Mesa, Arizona, in October this year.
Openshaw said he expected the Taiwanese aircraft to be delivered in the 2012-2013 timeframe.
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A Taiwanese general has been arrested over claims he spied for China, the defense ministry said Wednesday as it scrambled to limit the damage from what it called the worst espionage case in 50 years.
Army Major General Lo Hsien-che was recruited by China while stationed in Thailand between 2002 and 2005 and was detained late last month, the ministry said in a statement. At the time of his arrest, the 51-year-old was head of the army’s telecommunications and electronic information department, according to the statement.
“We don’t know for sure, but there’s no reason to believe that he stopped spying for China after returning home from Thailand,” a ministry official told AFP, on condition of anonymity.
“This is definitely the worst Chinese communist espionage case in the past half century.”
Some reportedly detail the Po Sheng (Broad Victory) system, a sophisticated command, control and communications network that Taiwan is purchasing from US defense contractor Lockheed Martin at a cost of Tw$46 billion ($1.6 billion).
China is believed to be very interested in learning more about the project as it enables the Taiwanese military to get access to US intelligence systems, the China Times newspaper said.
Other documents include the army’s procurement of 30 Boeing-made Apache AH-64D Longbow attack helicopters and the army’s underground optical fibre network system, it said.
“He has brought shame to the military. Servicemen are supposed to be loyal to their country,” said Lieutenant General Wang Ming-wo, acting director of the ministry’s Political Warfare Bureau.
Military analysts warned that the espionage case may further delay the proposed US sale of next generation F-16 fighter jets and submarines, weapons Taiwan says it badly needs to defend itself against its giant neighbour.
“The case may give the United States second thoughts while evaluating the arms deals,” said Wung Ming-hsien, a strategy expert at Tamkang University near Taipei.
Taipei applied to the US government to buy 66 F-16s in early 2007, but observers say Washington has held up the deal for fear of angering Beijing. Now, the US government may also fear that a deal could cause military secrets to fall into Chinese hands, according to Wung.
“We’re in touch with Taiwanese authorities on the case,” said Sheila Paskman, a spokeswoman for The American Institute in Taiwan, the US de facto embassy in Taipei.