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Netherlands moves forward with Apache upgrade

6th February 2013 - 10:08 GMT | by Pieter Bastiaans in Breda

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The Dutch AH-64D upgrade programme is gathering pace with the first Apache now undergoing its Block II upgrade with Boeing.

Once the upgrade is completed, the trial aircraft will be used to evaluate its new characteristics and how this corresponds with Dutch requirements.

According to current planning, a second Apache from the Joint Netherlands Training Detachment (JNTD) at Fort Hood, Texas will be inducted into the upgrade programme at Mesa, Arizona in mid-2013. All eight JNTD Apaches should be upgraded by late 2014.

Upgrades on the 21 Apache attack helicopters based at Gilze-Rijen air base, home of the Defence Helicopter

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A resident from Breda, the Netherlands, Pieter Bastiaans is an independent defence correspondent and photographer …

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