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Helicopter to Australia: Apache is coming, the tiger has to go

Attack helicopter for Australia
If the Apaches come, the Tigers have to go

The Australian government has confirmed a deal with Boeing and is releasing billions to buy 29 AH-64E Apaches. This finally put an end to the unwanted Tiger helicopters in the Australian Army. 2025 Her departure begins.

Communications between Airbus helicopters and the Australian Armed Forces have rarely been left out of the conflict. It all started well: with the MRH90 Taipan, NH90 Descendant and Tiger Attack Helicopter, Australia purchased two types of helicopters “made in Europe” and put them into service from 2004 (Tiger) and 2006 (Taipan).


However, the high expectations that Australia had on the new acquisitions did not materialize. In contrast: Tiger and Taiban both suffered from persistent problems and low operational readiness. Last year when the government was looking for a successor to both models, the American competition was delighted: the new Black Hawks from Sikorsky Become MRH90 Instead – and Boeing’s new Apache helicopters chase the Tigers.


Australian Ministry of Defense

Eurocopter (Airbus helicopters) Tiger ARH never met the expectations of Australians. Now it’s up to Apache to fix it.

The first Apache comes in 2025

Australia paid $ 5.5 billion to buy Apache, equivalent to 5. 5.3 billion. The government in Canberra has officially finalized the investment. On May 9, Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed the purchase of the Apache version after AH-64E. Already a year ago The Bell AH-1 Z Viper and the enhanced Tiger variant were successfully tested. The Australian Army is to receive a total of 29 AH-64Es, which will arrive from 2025. Canberra said Australia would also invest up to $ 500 million to upgrade facilities to support the new Apache helicopters.

Boeing

Australia receives the Apache version AH-64E (photo), but the main rotor has a longpo radar.

Proven and reliable

In addition to Apache, Australia also purchases twelve new MH-60R Romeo Navy helicopters for the Australian Navy from Sikorsky. They cost another $ 2.5 billion (4 2.41 billion). Secretary of Defense Peter Dutton sees this, and above all considers the Apache Order to be a massive strengthening of the domestic armed forces. “We are increasing the size and capability of our helicopters to counter Australia’s threats,” Dutton said. Apache has “proven and reliable attack helicopters already in service with US and United Kingdom governments” and “enhanced sensors, communications and network systems, attack capabilities and survival”.