First Batch of Modernized Dutch Apache Echo Helicopters Now Combat-Ready

These aircraft feature enhanced engine power along with new radar systems, sensors, radio, and navigation equipment.
  • Defensemirror.com bureau
  • 08:52 AM, April 19, 2024
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First Batch of Modernized Dutch Apache Echo Helicopters Now Combat-Ready
Modernized Dutch Apache Echo Helicopter @Netherlands MoD

The Netherlands Ministry of Defense announced that the first batch of modernized Dutch Apache Echo attack helicopters is now combat-ready.

Located at Gilze-Rijen Air Base, the initial four aircraft have been prepared for operational deployment both domestically and internationally. These helicopters have undergone upgrades to meet current operational demands and are projected to remain in service until 2050.

Among their various roles, Defense utilizes the Apaches to provide air support for ground troops and transport helicopters during missions, conduct reconnaissance flights, and perform area surveillance.

These Apaches are the first of 20 revamped units returning to the 301 squadron based at Gilze-Rijen Air Base. Currently, the Defense Department has an additional 6 units stationed for training in Cavazos, Texas (formerly Fort Hood) in the United States, with plans to add two more aircraft in 2025.

The AH-64E, also known as the Apache Echo, represents the modernized version of the previous Apache Delta (AH-64D), which has been in Dutch Defense's possession since 1997. After two decades of extensive use, modernization became imperative.

Following an upgrade in the United States, these aircraft now boast new radar systems, sensors, as well as radio and navigation equipment. Additionally, enhancements include modern composite rotor blades and increased engine power.

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