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31 janvier 2015 6 31 /01 /janvier /2015 12:20
US Army negotiating new AH-64 Apache agreement with Boeing

A US Army AH-64D Apache helicopter at forward operating base in Speicher, Iraq. Photo: courtesy of the US Army, photo by Tech Sgt Andy Dunaway.


30 January 2015 army-technology.com


The US Army is reportedly in talks with Boeing regarding a new multi-year agreement for the acquisition of an additional 240 AH-64 Apache attack helicopters from 2017 to 2021.


US Army Apache programme manager Colonel Jeff Hager was quoted by Reuters as saying that army acquisition chief Heidi Shyu recently signed a document for the two sides to start work on an agreement, with the aim of receiving approval from the defence secretary by March 2016.


Boeing attack helicopters business development head Mark Ballew said it could include options for foreign military sales of 100 Apaches.


The US Government has already approved Apache sales to Qatar and Indonesia, Ballew added, noting that the helicopter has also drawn interest from other countries.


According to Reuters, lawmakers generally ask military services to demonstrate significant savings compared to the cost of negotiating purchases on a year-by-year basis.


Boeing attack helicopter programmes vice-president Kim Smith said: "We at Boeing have been doing our part to leave no stone unturned."


Meanwhile, Pentagon chief arms buyer Frank Kendall reportedly told the House Armed Services Committee that he favoured multi-year agreements because they allow programme managers to focus on performance, rather than annual contract negotiations.


Powered by two GE T700-701D engines, the AH-64 Apache is primarily used for distributed operations and deep precision strikes against relocatable targets. It can also provide armed reconnaissance when required in day, night, obscured battlefield and adverse weather conditions.


It is used by US, Greece, Japan, Israel, the Netherlands and Singapore.

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9 juillet 2014 3 09 /07 /juillet /2014 11:35
CH-47F Chinook helicopter

CH-47F Chinook helicopter


Jul 8, 2014 Rajat Pandit, TNN


NEW DELHI: India is now close to inking major deals worth over $2.5 billion for two iconic American helicopters, the Apache attack and Chinook heavy-lift choppers, which thrashed their Russian rivals both technically and commercially earlier.


Defence ministry sources on Monday said the around $1.4 billion deal for 22 AH-64D Apache Longbow gunships, armed with deadly Hellfire and Stinger missiles, and the $1.1 billion one for 15 CH-47F Chinooks, equipped with powerful contra-rotating tandem rotors, are "almost ready" now.


"These two deals for IAF will be placed for approval before the first defence acquisitions council (DAC) meeting to be chaired by Arun Jaitley on July 19. Thereafter, the cases will be moved for the cabinet committee on security's final nod," said a source.

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28 mars 2014 5 28 /03 /mars /2014 08:30
 photo IAF

photo IAF


March 27, 2014: Strategy Page


Back in 2010 the Israeli Air Force decided to halt upgrading its older AH-64A Apache helicopter gunships to the all-weather AH-64D "Longbow" version. At that point 17 of 47 Israeli AH-64s had been upgraded. The issue was cost and eventually less expensive Israeli sources were found for the electronics needed to achieve many of the capabilities of the D model. Using Israeli electronics also meant it was easier integrating AH-64 systems with Israeli made communications and battle management systems. This also reduced the cost as has the decision to switch to Israeli missiles instead of the American Hellfire.


With the improved electronics the AH-64 can be used at night and in bad weather, and be able to spot things on the ground and far away (about ten kilometers). Up to sixteen missiles (plus its 30mm cannon) can be carried, and these weapons are particularly useful for urban warfare, where you want to minimize civilian casualties. It was the civilian casualties sometimes caused when Israeli AH-64s were used against Islamic terrorists in Gaza that created political opposition to the U.S. selling Israel more AH-64s or allowing them to upgrade using American suppliers.


Since 2009 Israel has used the original AH-64A and the few AH-64Ds it received from the U.S. against Islamic terrorist group Hamas in Gaza. Based on past experience, Israel developed tactics that integrated the AH-64s closely with the ground units. The Israelis examined how the U.S. has been using AH-64s in Iraq and Afghanistan, and picked up some tips there as well. Now the Israelis are using all that knowledge to upgrade and refurbish their AH-64s with Israeli equipment and ideas.


Israel currently has 44 AH-64s and 33 older (but often upgraded) AH-1 helicopter gunships in service.

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23 mars 2014 7 23 /03 /mars /2014 12:20
Lockheed Martin's DAGR Missile Scores a Perfect 16 of 16 in Flight Tests for US Army



Mar 21, 2014 (SPX)


Orlando FL - Lockheed Martin recently demonstrated the ability of its DAGR missile to launch from an Apache AH-64D helicopter and repeatedly hit the target during a series of Air Worthiness Release (AWR) live firing flight tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.


The AWR tests demonstrated DAGR's capability as an air-launched weapon. In each of the 16 flight tests, a DAGR missile locked onto the laser spot illuminating the target before launch. Upon launch, each missile flew between 1.5 and 5.1 kilometers and hit the target within one meter of the laser spot.


"These flight tests confirm DAGR's ability to safely launch and separate from a moving, diving platform without degrading aircraft or weapon performance," said Kevin Fitzpatrick, close combat systems development program manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.


"These tests also validate DAGR production readiness at our Ocala Operations facility."


Prior to AWR testing, Lockheed Martin completed DAGR System Qualification testing, validating the missile and rail-mounted canister for use in aircraft captive carry, storage and transportation operations.


The 30 System Qualification guided flights demonstrated DAGR's ability to hit moving targets, devastate tactical targets such as structures and trucks, and achieve high accuracy when launched with a 7-degree offset, up to six kilometers away from the target.


DAGR incorporates proven HELLFIRE II technology into a 2.75-inch/70 millimeter guidance kit that integrates seamlessly with legacy Hydra-70 rockets. Its lock-on-before-launch mode ensures the missile identifies the correct target prior to launch. Multiple DAGRs can be fired in rapid succession at different targets using different laser codes from multiple designators.


The result is a laser-guided missile that puts a 10-pound warhead within one meter of the laser spot, defeating high-value, non-armored or lightly-armored targets while minimizing collateral damage.


Lockheed Martin has conducted more than 40 DAGR guided flights from ranges of 1 to 6 kilometers. DAGR has been launched from multiple HELLFIRE-equipped rotary-wing platforms, including the AH-64D Apache, AH-6 Little Bird and OH-58 Kiowa Warrior, as well as the ground-based HELLFIRE/DAGR pedestal launcher.

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8 novembre 2013 5 08 /11 /novembre /2013 00:43
AH-64D de la force aérienne hollandaise engagé dans l’exercice CJPRSC à Cazaux, le mois dernier. (photo F. Lert)

AH-64D de la force aérienne hollandaise engagé dans l’exercice CJPRSC à Cazaux, le mois dernier. (photo F. Lert)


8 novembre, 2013 FOB


La Hollande s’apprête à renforcer la Minusma  au Mali, avec un contingent de 380 hommes. Plus important encore, Amsterdam va déployer au Mali quatre hélicoptères AH-64D Apache du 301 Squ. de la force aérienne hollandaise. De quoi apporter un sérieux punch aux troupes déployées dans le pays, à condition toutefois que les règles d’engagement permettent d’utiliser de façon efficace ces appareils.


La Hollande dispose depuis le début des années 2000 de 29 appareils (30 achetés moins un détruit en 2004 en Afghanistan) au standard block II le plus récent. Huit de ces appareils sont basés en permanence aux Etats Unis à Fort Hood, où ils servent à la formation des équipages hollandais, en lien étroit avec l’US Army.  Ces hélicoptères sont équipés de missiles Hellfire, de roquettes Hydra de 70mm et de leur canon de 30mm. Les Hollandais étudient actuellement l’intégration de roquettes guidées sur leurs appareils. Dommage pourtant que ces Apache ne soient pas équipés du radar Longbow comme le sont leurs homologues de l’US Army. Un radar qui aurait pu se révéler très utile pour la surveillance des vastes espaces du nord Mali, mais dont l’achat fut repoussé lors de l’achat de l’hélicoptère pour des raisons économiques.


Depuis leur mise en service, les Apache hollandais ont été engagés dans plusieurs opex : en 1998-1999 en Bosnie Herzégovine avec la SFOR. Puis en 2001, à Djibouti pour appuyer les militaires hollandais engagés dans les opérations de paix en Ethiopie et en Erythrée. Ils ont ensuite été envoyés en Irak pour y soutenir la SFIR (Stabilization Force in Iraq). De 2004 à 2010, les hélicoptères ont ensuite été longuement engagés en Afghanistan. Six appareils ont été basés dans un premier temps sur l’aéroport de Kaboul. Après la destruction d’un appareil sur accident, les cinq appareils restant ont ensuite été déplacés vers Kandahar puis  « Kamp Holland » dans la région de Tarin Kowt, dans le sud du pays. Ils y ont été utilisés pour appuyer les troupes de la coalition au sol, escorter les convois routiers et les autres hélicoptères. Les appareils sont finalement rentrés en Hollande à la mi novembre 2010, après avoir accumulé 7000 heures de vol en Afghanistan.


Dans le cadre de l’exercice CJPRSC qui se tenait à Cazaux en septembre dernier, le 301 Squadron de la force aérienne hollandaise a déjà pu travailler avec les hélicoptères de l’armée de l’air française sur des scénarios complexes de récupération de personnel et de sauvetage au combat. Le déploiement au Mali sera sans doute l’occasion de peaufiner la coopération avec l’Alat, dont trois Tigre restent à ce jour actifs au Mali. Il est prévu à ce stade que les troupes hollandaises restent dans le pays au moins jusqu’en 2015, et peut-être même au-delà.

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6 novembre 2013 3 06 /11 /novembre /2013 18:45
photo defensie.nl

photo defensie.nl


06.11.2013 Helen Chachaty - journal-aviation.com


Dans le cadre de la MINUSMA (Mission multidimensionnelle intégrée des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation au Mali), les Pays-Bas ont annoncé le 1er novembre l’envoi de quatre hélicoptères AH-64D Apache, de drones de surveillance ainsi que 380 militaires - dont des forces spéciales - sur le sol malien. Les premiers personnels devraient être sur place d’ici la fin de l’année et le déploiement devrait durer jusqu’à la fin de l’année 2015.


Les principales missions du contingent néerlandais consisteront à effectuer des missions de renseignement et de protection des troupes au sol pour les Apache. Des officiers de police seront également envoyés sur place afin d’aider à la formation des forces de police maliennes.

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1 novembre 2013 5 01 /11 /novembre /2013 12:20
LONGBOW Receives $92 M LCCS Award for US Army's Apache Helicopter



Oct 31, 2013 ASDNews Source : Lockheed Martin Corporation


LONGBOW LLC, a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, received a $92.8 million contract from the U. S. Army to provide Life Cycle Contractor Support (LCCS) for LONGBOW programs on the AH-64D and AH-64E helicopters.


The LCCS contract provides integrated logistics support for LONGBOW Fire Control Radar (FCR) systems equipping AH-64D and AH-64E Apache helicopters. The contract also includes support for the AH-64E Unmanned Aerial System Tactical Common Data Link Assembly (UTA) and upgraded FCR Radar Electronics Unit (REU). The period of performance for the LCCS contract extends through 2016.


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26 juillet 2013 5 26 /07 /juillet /2013 11:30
Kuwait's first AH-64D Apache Longbow hovers over the flight line at Boeing's facility site in Mesa, Arizona, US. Photo Boeing

Kuwait's first AH-64D Apache Longbow hovers over the flight line at Boeing's facility site in Mesa, Arizona, US. Photo Boeing

26 July 2013 airforce-technology.com/


Selex ES has completed training of the Kuwaiti Air Force pilots in operation of the helicopter integrated defensive aids system (HIDAS) at its electronic warfare operational support (EWOS) facility in Lincolnshire, UK.


The six-month training programme delivered the essential knowledge and skills that will enable the air force to customise the HIDAS system in response to the current and emerging threats.


Additionally, the training is expected to help the country start development of a national EWOS capability.


Selex ES EWOS vice-president Ramie Smith said the equipment alone does not offer the most effective solution in the fast-paced EW world.


''This training will allow our Kuwaiti customer to program their electronic warfare hardware to effectively defend against modern threats and new challenges as they emerge in the future,'' Smith said.

Specifically, the training includes a multitude of EW and EWOS basics such as EW data analysis, EW database management, EW mission support, threat vulnerability assessment, as well as EW tactics and counter-measures development, United Press International (UPI) reports.


The company is now planning to supply a broad spectrum of mission data sets to Kuwait, eventually paving way for the country to start its assessment and development of a national EW capability.


Acquired though a US foreign military sale (FMS) programme route in 2002, the HIDAS systems are currently installed onboard the Kuwaiti Air Force's AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters.


Equipped with advanced sensors and intelligent software, HIDAS has been designed to automatically detect, identify, prioritise, and counter threats to the Apache helicopter by creating a comprehensive picture of the tactical operating environment without crew intervention.


Capable of being used in automatic, semi-automatic or manual modes, the system is also installed on British military's Apache, Chinook and Puma helicopters, as well as other exported Apache helicopters.

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10 novembre 2011 4 10 /11 /novembre /2011 18:10



November 9, 2011 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Lexington Institute; issued November 9, 2011)


When it is not focused on the repetitive crisis in the European Union, Washington’s attention, including that of the Pentagon, is increasingly focused on Asia, in general, and China, in particular. This is understandable for economic, political, demographic and security reasons. China’s march towards economic superpower status, if paced by steady investments in modern military capabilities, poses the danger of eroding the relative stability of the region. Strategy discussions at the Pentagon have been moving slowly towards a greater focus on the Asia-Pacific region.


U.S. arms sales and technology investments with the region will be an important factor in ensuring a balance of powers in the region and dissuading China from using force to achieve its policy objectives. With arms sales comes training, cooperative development of tactics, exchanges of military personnel and often improved industrial and technical cooperation. When several nations in a region possess the same systems it is relatively easy to network them together along with deployed U.S. forces to create a capability more effective than the sum of its parts. This is the central guiding principle behind the European Phased Adaptive Architecture missile defense concept that seeks to network European air and missile defense systems with increasingly capable U.S. sea and land-based missile defenses to be deployed to the European region over the next eight years.


Over the fifty odd years of the Cold War, the United States through the NATO alliance forged an integrated military capability that deterred and contained the Soviet Union. Many of the principles that enabled NATO to be so effective can be replicated in the Asia-Pacific region without having to create a single continent-spanning security system. Much can be done to achieve a practical and militarily effective bulwark against potential Chinese aggression through a combination of smart arms sales and the integration of allied and U.S. capabilities.


The international co-development program for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is an example of how international arms sales can reduce the costs to individual countries of modernizing military forces, leverage national defense industrial investments and also weld together a multi-national military capability. The partner countries -- the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Canada, Norway, Denmark, Australia and Turkey -- have formally joined the U.S. and contributed money toward the program. All but one of these countries is in NATO. When deployed by these nations, the F-35 will provide the United States and its allies with an unparalleled and highly integrated defense capability.


The U.S. effort to provide the F-35 to close allies in Asia can have a similar beneficial effect. In addition to the Australian role in the co-development programs, the F-35 is a candidate to replace Japan’s aging F-4 fighter fleet and to be South Korea’s next fighter. The Obama Administration has indicated strongly that it would be willing to sell the F-35 to India. Since the administration chose not to allow Taiwan to acquire new F-16 C/D aircraft but only to upgrade older F-16 variants sometime down the road the F-35 could find its way into that country’s arsenal too. Imagine the power of an air defense “alliance” stretching from Korea to Australia and thence to India.


The integration of European national air and missile defense capabilities under the Phased Adaptive Architecture could also see a parallel program in Asia. Japan, South Korea and Taiwan all deploy the U.S. land-based Patriot air and missile defense system. Japan also has the sea-based Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System and is co-developing an advanced version of the Standard Missile, the SM-3 Block IIA. The Aegis ashore system could be deployed to U.S. allies in Asia.


India has become a major purchaser of other U.S. military hardware, including the C-17, C-130J, P-8 maritime patrol plane and most recently the AH-64D Apache. Future collaboration could include missile defense, ASW and airborne surveillance.


The current situation vis-à-vis China does not warrant standing up a new, formal defensive alliance. Much is being done bilaterally. But one of the best forms of strategic dissuasion should Beijing ever contemplate aggression is a network of common military capabilities that stretches across the Asia-Pacific region.

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26 octobre 2011 3 26 /10 /octobre /2011 06:40



The U.S. Boeing AH-64D Apache Block III remains the finalist in the Indian Army evaluation of attack helicopters. The planned procurement of 22 attack helicopter is expected to commence soon. Photo: Boeing




Russian news agency Novosti reported today the Russian candidate for the Indian Army procurement of 22 attack helicopter, has not met Indian requirements and has dropped from the competition, leaving the Boeing AH-64D Apache Block III the only competitor. According to the agency’s Russian sources the Russian Mi-28N ‘Night Hunter’ failed in meeting 20 criteria, mostly on technical ground and maturity issues involving its sensors and combat systems integration. Russia was ready to offer the 22 helicopters at a flyaway cost of $600 million, less than half the value the Pentagon mentioned in the notification to Congress in 2010.


While this may pave the way for New Delhi to select the Apache, being left as a sole bidder could actually delay the process of ordering the U.S. helicopter since sole bidder programs are extensively regulated under new anti-corruption policies. Selecting the AH-64D will also pave the way for India to receive the AGM-114L-3 Hellfire Longbow anti-tank guided missile for the first time. The failure of the Russian helicopter also means a setback for the two companies counting on providing the weapons for the helicopter – European MBDA Missile Systems and Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. Both competed on supplying the missiles for the Mi-28N or Ka-52 helicopters, hoping to win a ‘short cut’ into future Indian Army and Air Force programs.


India plans to field one of these missiles another anti-tank guided missile with a weaponized version of the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH). This ‘Weapon Systems Integrated’ Dhruv Mk.3 (‘Rudra’) is currently being completed at HAL and will be made available for the testing soon. Field evaluation trials (FET) of the MBDA Missile System’s Pars 3 LR and Rafael Advanced Defence System’s Spike-ER, both ‘fire-and-forget’ anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) are expected to commence as soon as HAL delivers the Rudra for testing.


India is expected to field another ‘third generation’ missile with its Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) fleet, slated to replace the Mi-25/35 currently in service with the Air Force and Army. The Indian MOD determined that as a fully indigenous program, the missile to be used with the LCH will be the NAG, developed by India’s Defense research & Development Organization (DRDO).


India plans to field over 179 Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), configured to carry the NAG anti-tank guided missile. The Indian Army plans to buy 114 such helicopters with the Air Force fielding 65. Photo: Defense-Update

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