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U.S. Army Wants More Upgraded Apaches

By Marcia Kay | October 11, 2007

The U.S. Army is talking to Boeing about upgrading 95 older AH-64 Apaches at a cost of $14 million per aircraft, according to Reuters. The Army aviation chief, Brig Gen. Stephen Mundt, said at the Assn. of the United States Army’s annual gathering in Washington yesterday that the original plan had been to purchase Apache Block 3s. However, the service needs to upgrade the older Apaches given combat losses in Iraq and Afghanistan and the two-year delay in the fielding of the Bell Helicopter ARH-70A Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter. The Army would upgrade the 95 to the AH-64D Block 2 configuration to fill the gap while awaiting the Block 3 aircraft. Production on the Block 3 program is slated to begin in 2010. For related news

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