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British Army Apache Block III upgrade decision expected in December

1st June 2012 - 10:26 GMT | by Rob Coppinger in London, UK


The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is expected to make a decision in December whether the British Army’s AH-64D Apache Longbow Mk I fleet is upgraded to the US Army’s latest Block III standard.

The Block III has improved targeting, endurance and payload. It is able to carry more ammunition and fuel at 6,000 feet and 35 degrees Celsius, while the crew has access to a Ground Fire Acquisition System (GFAS) that can detect and distinguish between gunfire and rocket propelled grenades.

‘The [UK MoD] are looking at making a decision late this year, December timeframe, on whether they move

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Rob Coppinger


Rob Coppinger

Rob is a former Shephard Media correspondent based in the UK.

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