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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Pilots Train on New AH-64D Apache Helicopter

U.S. Army

A new helicopter is coming to the Block. The 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, is the first unit in the Army to have their entire fleet of Apache helicopters replaced with the comprehensively upgraded Apache (AH-64D) Block III beginning in February. "There are new components to the aircraft -- new head tracker, a new helmet and new flight pages," said Lt. Col. Edward Vedder, 1st Attack Reconnaissance Bn., commander. "It takes some getting used to." The Apache Block III incorporates 26 new technologies designed to enhance the aircraft's capabilities including an updated communication system, engines, transmission and drive shaft. The composite rotor blades have also been reworked to make them more efficient and produce more lift. Full Story

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