Boeing is eyeing to upgrade its multi-role Apache attack helicopters to the most advanced and lethal variant in the Asia-Pacific region. India is already using the latest variant of the Boeing chopper.
The countries operating Apache AH-64D variant are considering upgrading their choppers to the ‘E’ standard, Randy Rotte, the India-based head of Boeing Asia-Pacific, was quoted as saying by Flight Global.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) uses the AH-64E, the most advanced variant of the Apache attack helicopter. Among other features, the ‘E’ variant has the capability to control unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which could be a game-changer in future operations.
In July 2019, the US Army itself finalized a deal with Boeing to produce or remanufacture up to 600 US Army AH-64s to the ‘E’ standard, the most advanced.
Rotte emphasized that the steady production line in place for the upgrading US Army’s Apache helicopters will aid other militaries who are considering upgrading their legacy AH-64Ds to 64E.