The first Dutch Apache in America for production

The first Dutch Apache in America for production

The first of three Dutch AH-64 Apache attack helicopters arrived at Boeing, Mesa, Arizona. You can find the latest Boeing news on social media.

There are 28 AH-64D Apache attack helicopters in the Netherlands. They are now twenty years old. The AH-64D, also known as “clones” hardware, has been upgraded to the AH-64E V6 “Apache Guardian” standard. This means reconstruction and renewal. New hull, new transmission system, new rotary blades. The aircraft will also receive new night vision equipment, a new fire control radar and global positioning system (GPS).

Move

In November, the Air Force announced that three Apaches would leave Antwerp on a boat for the United States. Ships carrying decommissioned helicopters are expected to arrive at the port of Baltimore on the east coast of the United States in early December. From there, it travels overland to Huntsville, Alabama, and then to Boeing, Arizona. They planned to get there earlier this month.

AH-64 Apache, extracted prior to shipment to the US © Department of Defense

Available

After the upgrade, the devices will last for a few more years. According to the Air Force, the revamped Apache can be used until 2050 with some temporary modifications. The downside is that fewer Apaches will be available for service in the coming years. Boeing now has three Apaches in the United States, the next shipment is scheduled for February 2021. The first modernization of the Apache in the Netherlands is expected in mid-2023. Of the 28 helicopters, 20 are in the Giles region. Eight Apaches are permanently stationed in the United States for training purposes.

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