Berlin would be interested in the American AH-64E Apache helicopter .. since 2019!

For the past few months, the Tiger 3 program, bringing together France, Spain and Germany in the framework of permanent structured cooperation, or PESCO, since November 2019, has been meeting strong headwinds, with Berlin proving more and more difficult to convince to invest in the modernization of the European combat helicopter. Indeed, according to the Bundeswehr, the device would be particularly difficult to maintain in operational condition, and would offer insufficient availability in view of the needs. Without ever questioning their own maintenance procedures and the role of the size of the fleet in the subject, Germany seemed, since then, to be more and more openly interested in the helicopter...

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Modern attack helicopters, from the AH64 Apache to the Z19.

Although helicopters have been used in combat since the end of the 40s, notably during the Korean War during which they played a determining role for the first time in missions to evacuate wounded and recover ejected pilots, will have to wait until 1967 for an armed helicopter specially designed for attack missions to participate in an armed conflict. It was the American Bell AH-1 Cobra helicopter of the US Army in the context of the Vietnam War. Since then, the attack helicopter has established itself as an indispensable tool in the inventory of modern armies, and the Mi-24 Hind, the AH-64 Apache and…

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Does the withdrawal of the Australian ARH Tigers represent an opportunity for the ALAT?

On January 15, Canberra announced the victory of the American AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopter to replace the European Tiger ARH helicopter fleet by 2025. This decision, we are all eagerly awaited, puts an end to a most tense collaboration between the army and the Australian authorities and Airbus Helicopters, the Australian Tigers having never achieved the operational objectives set by the initial contract. Australia plans to acquire 29 AH-64Es to replace its 22 Tigers, under a project designated Land 4503 worth $3,4 billion, including aircraft, a stock of parts, ammunition and simulators, as well as training and maintenance items.…

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New tension between China and India in the Himalayas

The situation has once again become tense between Chinese and Indian forces in the Himalayan region of Ladakh, at the level of the demarcation zone which is the de facto border between the two countries. According to a statement issued by the Indian Ministry of Defense, Chinese forces would have started, on the night of August 19 to 30, 2020, unilaterally a movement of forces along the southern shore of Pangong Tso Lake, breaking the status- quo put in place following clashes between the military of the two countries last May. The Indian armed forces immediately also took position to reinforce…

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Despite withdrawal agreement, China, India strengthen their positions in the Himalayas

The noise of boots is starting to become deafening in this year 2020, as regional and international crises are rapidly growing, and potentially major armed conflicts are emerging. And if the Sino-Indian tensions on the Himalayan plateaus of Ladakh do not hit the headlines of the European media, they nevertheless represent the premises of a conflict between the two largest nations in the world from a demographic point of view, moreover both have nuclear weapons. Such a confrontation would, without a doubt, have incalculable consequences on the world economy… Obviously, faced with the resumption of the European football cup….…

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With a new sale in Morocco, the Boeing AH-64 Apache confirms its status as a world best seller

The case had been going on for almost a year already. In 2019, following the purchase of new F-16s, the Kingdom of Morocco announced its intention to acquire AH-64 Apache combat helicopters from the American Boeing. Since the failure of the French Rafale sale in 2006, and despite the acquisition of a French FREMM frigate, Rabat now seems resolutely turned towards cooperation with the United States in terms of defense and arms purchases. Last November, Washington quite logically authorized a sale of 36 Apache helicopters via the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) procedure, which guarantees low prices and fast deliveries. Only remained in Morocco at…

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US approves modernization of Egyptian AH-64E Apache Guardian standard helicopter gunships

The US State Department has authorized the modernization of the Egyptian Apache helicopter fleet to the AH-64E Apache Guardian standard. The Foreign Military Sale (FMS) agreement covers 43 airframes and their associated equipment, i.e. the entire fleet of AH-64D Apache currently operated by the Egyptian Air Force. The amount of the agreement is valued at 2,3 billion dollars. As always, with the FMS, however, it is only a question of export authorizations, and not of a definitive contract. The terms of the latter remain to be negotiated, and could concern a smaller number of helicopters or even a smaller stock of spare parts. He could…

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US authorizes export of combat helicopters to the Philippines, despite tensions between the two countries

At the end of last week, the US State Department approved the sale of helicopters to the Philippines, as part of an FMS (Foreign Military Sales) procedure. As so often with FMS, this does not necessarily presume a future contract between the Philippine Air Force and American industry. Indeed, the FMS are often granted by the political authorities while the negotiations are not finished, which makes it possible to accelerate the sale and the delivery in the event that a firm sale is signed later. This administrative particularity explains why the FMS authorizations relate to two very distinct offers. One of them is about selling...

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Apache AH-64E attack helicopters attempt sea attack in the Persian Gulf

A few days ago, we discussed the joint trials conducted in the Persian Gulf by the US Navy and the US Air Force to demonstrate the maritime attack capabilities of the AC-130 gunship aircraft. More recently, the US Navy communicated about similar tests carried out in cooperation with the US Army and its AH-64E Apache helicopters. Once again, these demonstrations carried out directly by the units deployed in the Persian Gulf serve above all to counter a very real threat. Indeed, swarms of small boats from Iran now pose a danger to civilian shipping, US deployments, and US oil interests.

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India orders 24 MH-60R Sea Hawk naval helicopters during Donald Trump visit to New Delhi

There are themed days, and today the predominant theme is the helicopter. Indeed, during his official visit to India, US President Donald Trump signed military orders for a quite modest amount of $3 billion, relating in particular to the acquisition of 24 MH-60R Sea Hawk naval helicopters for the Indian Navy. This order, eagerly awaited on the subcontinent, will significantly strengthen the anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare capabilities of Indian ships. The United States is very present on Indian calls for tenders in the field of Defence. Whether it's P8 Poseidon, Apache helicopters, anti-aircraft missiles or…

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