In Focus

Going Apache: A step in the right direction

The Commonwealth government has been praised for its decision to replace its fleet of Airbus-built Eurocopter Tigers with 29 Boeing-built Apaches, but is the Australian Army adequately equipped and mentally prepared to deploy these platforms effectively?

In January, former Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds announced the selection of the Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian to replace the Australian Army’s existing fleet of 24 Airbus-built Eurocopter Tigers, as part of the LAND 4503 Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) program.

Australia will procure 29 ready-built Apaches from 2025 for approximately $4.5 billion.

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