British Army’s Apaches achieves 100,000 hours
According British MoD the British Army’s Apache attack helicopter has clocked up 100,000 flying hours, a third of which have been flown on operations in Afghanistan.
The Apache is flown on operations by 3 and 4 Regiments Army Air Corps, based at Wattisham in Suffolk. The two units have provided a continuous presence in Afghanistan since 2006 on rotation. The achievement – equivalent to a single helicopter staying aloft for 11-and-a-half years – has occurred as the Apache has become a vital battlefield tool in Afghanistan.
As well as pinpoint strikes in support of ISAF troops, Apache has proved itself invaluable through its ability to escort other helicopters and land convoys and its ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance) capabilities.
At the same time, the Attack Helicopter Force has developed a limited maritime strike capability. Currently 656 Squadron, 4 Regiment Army Air Corps, is deployed onboard HMS Ocean in the Mediterranean.
An Apache attack helicopter in hover mode (stock image)
[Image courtesy Graeme Main, Crown Copyright/MOD 2006]