As the fleet successfully completed Exercise Iron Titan, the U.S. State Department approved the sale to UK of 3,000 JAGM missiles.
The British Army declared its first unit to fly the new AH-64E Apache Guardian, the 3 Regiment Army Air Corps (3 Regt AAC), ready for frontline duty after successfully completing Exercise Iron Titan. The exercise tested every aspect of the unit from its logistics and command and control procedures to the maintenance and operation of the state-of-the-art AH-64E in the field.
Iron Titan was meant to validate 3 Regt AAC in its core role providing an aviation deep attack battlegroup, made up of AH-64Es and the Wildcat reconnaissance helicopters of 1 Regiment Army Air Corps, to 3rd (UK) Division, the British Army’s warfighting division. Across the six weeks of the exercise, the unit deployed from its base at Wattisham Flying Station in Suffolk and set up temporary facilities at different locations while planning and executing strike missions on simulated enemy positions.
The newer AH-64E entered service in 2021 to replace the Apache Mk. 1 (or WAH-64) and is set to be a key element of how the British Army will fight in the coming decades. Compared to the older variant, today’s AH-64E Version 6, or v6, Apache features integrated technologies including communications and navigation capabilities to enhance situational awareness and coordination; a new, faster multi-core mission processor for advanced systems integration; and maritime capability in the Fire Control Radar for watercraft detection and identification along with a shorter engagement timeline.
“The AH-64E is the most advanced attack helicopter in the world and the step change it brings in lethality, agility, survivability and how it can communicate and integrate with other capabilities is nothing short of…
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