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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Apache Longbow Makes Helitech Appearance

By Andrew Drwiega, Military Editor

A British Army Boeing WAH-64D Apache Longbow visited Helitech on Tuesday. Its crew had the experience of operating in Afghanistan with five tours between them. The aircraft, based at Wattisham Airfield, Suffolk—the home of the British Army's 16 Air Assault Brigade—was not providing a flying display, although its arrival and departure drew visitors out of the show pavilions to overlook the flight line. The WAH-64 Longbow can be armed with a maximum load of 16 Hellfire missiles, 76 x 2.75 CRV-7 rockets and 1,200 rounds of 30mm ammunition for the chain gun.

British Army Apaches were recently deployed on the Royal Navy's HMS Ocean to support NATO's Unified Protector operation over Libya. They have been deployed in Afghanistan since 2007 in support of Operation Herrick in Helmand Province.
More: Helitech 2011 Coverage

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