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Monday, December 1, 2008

Maintenance Grounds Apaches

News outlets in the United Kingdom are reporting that less than a third of the British Army Air Corps’ 67 Apache helicopters were combat-ready or available for training in Iraq or Afghanistan during late November of 2008. The low percentage was said to be the result of maintenance problems caused by high temperatures and blowing sand degrading engines and rotor systems. Forces stationed in those regions rely on the Apache for close ground support and as armed escorts for Chinooks as they transport soldiers to and from their patrol areas. Military officials told the United Kingdom’s Daily Telegraph that the Army has been under pressure for the past three years to fight two simultaneous wars, which takes a toll on aircraft readiness. For related news

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