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US Army’s latest version of Apache helicopter deploy to Korea

According to a recent service news release, the 4th Battalion (Attack), 2nd Aviation Regiment (4-2 AB) at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, is being outfitted with the newest AH-64 Version 6 (V6) helicopter. This is the first OCONUS unit to receive the V6 aircraft.

Fielding began in November, and the unit has since received 12 of 24 aircraft.Members of the Program Executive Office for Aviation’s Apache project office were on hand when the aircraft arrived in the country via Air Force C-17 from manufacturing facilities in Mesa, Ariz. While there, they assisted the unit with inspecting their aircraft, assembling and then flying them from Osan Air Base to Camp Humphreys.

“The fielding of the new AH-64E V6s Apache aircraft is a turning point for 4-2 Attack Battalion and we are thrilled to deploy this airframe. The upgraded aircraft integrates modern technology for both the aviator and maintainers in our battalion,” Capt. Timothy Iuchs, D Company commander, said. “For our maintainers, the new systems onboard allows them better diagnostic capability and decreases the downtime of the aircraft. While for the aviator, AH-64E provides an overall increased situational awareness with an upgraded sensor suite, level 4 manned-unmanned teaming, and an upgraded drive system which is a vast improvement over the Delta variant of the model.”

The V6 is equipped with the latest in communications, navigation, sensors and for the first time a cognitive decision aiding system (CDAS). These systems provide a major path forward in the Apache program and a key aspect to the Apache’s role in joint all-domain operations and for our international partners.

The Version 6 AH-64E model of the Apache is the final planned modernization of the aircraft, replacing the AH-64D Apache attack helicopters. The V6 enhances the Apache’s fundamental mission: to search and destroy. They include:

• An improved cockpit map display that will allow pilots to use digital map images to see terrain and other topographical features, increasing pilot situational awareness.

• Multiple upgrades to the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision System (MTADS/PNVS) provides improved resolution and acuity allowing pilots to pick up targets more clearly at longer distances on their display screens.