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Ukrαine wants to buy US military AH-64 Apache helicopters

The Armed Forces of Ukrαine is looking into the possibility to buy AH-64 Apache multi-mission attack helicopters under the U.S. military’s excess defense articles (EDA) program. The publication the Ukrαiniαn Military Pages reported Thursday that the Ukrαiniαn Ministry of Defense plans to upgrade the army aviation fleet of the Armed Forces of Ukrαine through the purchase of AH-64 “Apache” attack helicopters.

 

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This decision was made as a result of a defense review, which ended last week, and its results were transferred to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukrαine. During the inspection, threats to the national security and prospects for the development of the security environment were assessed; planning of forces and resources; the formation of a promising model of defense organization and component defense forces. The Armed Forces of Ukrαine have a pressing need to replace Soviet-made Mi-24 ‘Hind’ helicopters. Currently, the main part of Mi-24 helicopters grounded owing to the lack of spare parts such as rotor blades and on-board equipment.

According to Defense News, the U.S. has committed more than $1.5 billion in security assistance to Ukrαine since 2014, when Russian-backed separatists began driving tanks through eastern Ukrαine. That funding has included sniper rifles, Humvees, unarmed drones, rocket-propelled grenade launchers, counter-artillery radars, electronic ωɑɾʄɑɾε detection and secure communications, night vision equipment, and military medical supplies and treatment. Also, Congress is poised to allow the sale of coastal defense and anti-ship ωεɑρσռs as part of future security assistance packages to Ukrαine, through the 2020 defense policy bill