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US Army achieves IOC with AH-64E Apache Guardian

28th November 2013 - 12:54 GMT | by Jonathan Tringham in London

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The US Army’s AH-64E Apache ‘Guardian’ attack helicopters have achieved initial operating capability (IOC), the service announced on 27 November.

In a statement, the army said its 1-229th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion (ARB) ‘Tigersharks’ achieved the IOC programme milestone ‘on schedule’, following nearly 6,000 flight hours in the Echo model.

The 1-229th ARB, designated as the army’s first active unit with the newest AH-46E helicopters, accepted the IOC rating during a ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State on 21 November.

According to the release, the Apache battalion received its first AH-64E aircraft in January 2013, and subsequently

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