The Shout: Apache Attack Helicopter on 'Very High Readiness' video - 4 February 2014
Constantly on 'Very High Readiness' the Apache Longbow Attack Helicopter can be called to a 'Shout' at a moment's notice. The aircraft has significantly improved the operational capabilities of ground troops and it can operate in all weathers day or night, detecting and engaging multiple targets with its arsenal of Hellfire missiles, rockets and 30mm cannon. The Apache has been in service since 2001 and the fleet is due for £430 mil upgrade to further increase its capabilities. See the video here
£760m helicopter investment secures jobs - 29 January 2014
More than a thousand UK engineering and manufacturing jobs have been secured by a multi-million pound MOD contract to future proof two fleets of military helicopters. The £760m investment in Merlins and Apaches, announced by the Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, will secure highly skilled, technical posts at sites across the UK. A £430m contract will provide maintenance and support for the Army’s Apache attack helicopter, which is currently used on operations in Afghanistan, for the next five years.
Swaffham Reservists move into the future - 27 January 2014
Soldiers from 677 (Suffolk and Norfolk Yeomanry) Squadron, 6 Army Air Corps, were on parade at Sporle Road to mark the relocation of their Flight. A Drumhead Service was held at midday followed by a short parade that saw the soldiers march out of the Army Reserve Centre for the final time. Music was provided by The Band of the Parachute Regiment. The Flight of around 20 soldiers will join with their sister Flight already in Norwich or their Squadron Headquarters based in Bury St Edmunds. The building will continue to be used by the Army Cadets. The re-location comes as 6 Regiment Army Air Corps doubles in size from two Squadrons to four, two of which are based in and around East Anglia.
Apache Attack Helicopter Mk1 undertakes confined areas flying
The video shows an Apache AH Mk1 from 673 Squadron Army Air Corps conducting a sortie on confined areas flying. Confined areas training allows Army pilots to operate rotary aircraft in spaces that are constrained by terrain or by the presence of obstructions, either natural or manmade. 673 Squadron Army Air Corps (AAC) are part of 7 Regiment AAC based at Middle Wallop, Hampshire and provide Conversion to Type training for both experienced and newly qualified pilots in the Corps.
Dedication of Army Air Corps Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum
On Wednesday 2 October 2013 the dedication of the AAC Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum took place presided by the Dean of Salisbury. The memorial was created in Portland stone featuring an obelisk mounted on a plinth. The obelisk is surmounted by a bronze eagle and lower faces incorporate the carved badges of the Army Air Corps, the Glider Pilot Regiment, the Air Observation Post Squadrons and the eagle and crown representing Army Aviation. The front of the plinth simply features ARMY AIR CORPS with the Corps Collect carved into the rear plate.