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Australian Army chooses new Guardian angel

14th January 2021 - 23:05 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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Australia strengthens its commonality with the US by deciding to introduce the AH-64E Apache attack helicopter.

The wait is finally over and, to no great surprise, Australia has plumped for the Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian as its new attack helicopter platform under Project Land 4503 via a Foreign Military Sales deal.

This puts to bed a long-running and heated saga over the Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH), which for a long time underperformed in Australian Army hands, and the question of how to replace it.

Defence Minister Linda Reynolds announced on 15 January that the Apache Guardian had been selected. ‘This new ARH capability will strengthen Australia’s armed reconnaissance force to better shape our strategic environment

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Gordon Arthur is the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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