The Apache AH-64E attack helicopter at Wattisham Flying Station, Suffolk (Picture: PA)
The British army are test flying new Apache attack helicopters, which can detect 256 potential targets at once up to a range of 10 miles.
The new choppers can prioritise threats in second and have a top speed of 186mph.
Fourteen of the AH-64E Apache aircraft have been delivered to Wattisham Flying Station in Suffolk in recent months, with 36 more due before summer 2024.
Prince Harry flew Apache helicopters on training missions from the base when he served with the Army.
The fleet will replace the Apache AH Mark 1, which will go out of service in 2024.
Defence procurement minister Jeremy Quin said: ‘There can be no doubt these impressive Apache helicopters will help the Army sustain its battle-winning capabilities in future operations.
‘In addition to its vital defence purpose, this cutting-edge technology will create and support hundreds of UK jobs.’
A 20-year agreement has been signed with Boeing Defence UK to maintain and support the new fleet.
36 more of the choppers will be delivered by summer 2024, with 14 already arriving (Picture: PA)
Lieutenant General Sir Chris Tickell in the back seat of the helicopter on Thursday (Picture: PA)
The aircraft will replace the Apache AH Mark 1 (Picture: PA)
Ammunition and rockets that the choppers will be armed with (Picture: PA)
The Apache helicopters have been used in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya (Picture: PA)
The first period of the contract, which runs to July 2025, is set to create more than 200 jobs in the UK, including 165 for the Army Aviation Centre at Middle Wallop in Hampshire and 45 at Wattisham Flying Station.
Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Sir Chris Tickell KBE, said: ‘I am delighted at the introduction of the AH-64E into British Army service, signifying our commitment to investing in the right equipment for our people to compete and win against the threats facing the UK.’
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