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Israel shifts back to the Apache as UAV switch fails

5th April 2024 - 15:31 GMT | by Arie Egozi in Tel Aviv


The AH-64E, the current configuration of Boeing’s Apache attack helicopter, will replace the IAF’s AH-64As and AH-64Ds. (Photo: Boeing)

The IAF has equipped its Apache helicopter fleet with Rafael’s Spike NLOS missile.

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has been attempting to attain early delivery of 40 US-made Boeing AH-64E Apache combat helicopters. The development follows the failure of an attempt to prove that unmanned armed systems could be a fully capable replacement for combat helicopters.

Before the country’s war in Gaza began on 7 October 2023, the IAF had developed a service plan in which it intended to place more armed UAVs into service and gradually phase out the force’s existing fleet of AH-64As (designated Peten) and AH-64Ds (Saraf).

As the war evolved, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) found that fighting in

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Arie Egozi


Arie Egozi

Born in Israel, Arie Egozi served in the IDF and holds a political science and …

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