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Equipment

Aircraft

Aircraft

The Army's aircraft enable our soldiers to carry out vital roles including reconnaissance missions and casualty evacuations, as well as troop transport and high-tech, anti-tank combat. The Apache attack helicopter is probably the most sophisticated piece of equipment in the world available to front-line troops.

Apache attack helicopter

Overview

Designed to hunt and destroy tanks, the Apache attack helicopter has significantly improved the Army's operational capability.

The Apache attack helicopter can operate in all weathers, day or night and detect, classify and prioritise up to 256 potential targets in a matter of seconds. It carries a mix of weapons including rockets, Hellfire missiles and a 30mm chain gun, as well as a state of the art fully integrated defensive aid suite.

In addition to the distinctive Longbow radar located above the rotor blades, this aircraft is equipped with a day TV system, thermal imaging sight and direct view optics.

Specifications

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In service date

2001

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Maximum Speed

330 kph

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Engine

2 x 850shp Rolls Royce RTM-322

Specifications

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Maximum weight

7746 kg

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Crew

2

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Range

475km

Dimensions

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Length

17.57m

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Main rotor diameter

14.63m

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Height

4.9m

Armament

 

16 x Hellfire missiles

76 x 2.75 CRV-7 rockets

1,200 x 30mm cannon rounds

4 x air-to-air missiles

 

The new fleet

The latest fleet of Apaches flown by Army Air Corps pilots from the Joint Helicopter Command, are more advanced and more capable than the previous model which will provide the Army with a continuous edge over any future adversaries.

The new AH64E model of the helicopter can also carry more weapons while being more fuel efficient, allowing the Apache to operate in more demanding conditions for longer durations.

The new helicopter’s improved computing capacity and updated sensors means the new fleet will also be receptive to upgrades in the future, ensuring it remains at the cutting-edge of technology.

The first UK helicopters are due off the US production line in early 2020 and will begin entering service with the British Army in 2022.

Wildcat Mk1

Overview

The Army Wildcat Mk1 helicopter will perform a range of tasks on the battlefield including reconnaissance, command and control, transportation of troops and material, and the provision of force protection. 

It is fitted with new Light Helicopter Turbine Engine Company (LHTEC) CTS800-4N engines, which are significantly more powerful than those in the current Lynx, enabling it to operate in extreme conditions and at high altitudes.

The Wildcat is fitted with a nose mounted MX-15 Wescam Electro Optical Device (EOD) enabling it to detect targets by day and night at significant range.

The name

The name Wildcat recalls the name given to the Grumman F4F which was widely used during the Second World War. The aircraft ceased operational service in 1945 but some flying aircraft remain, including one in the collection of the Imperial War Museum Duxford.

Dimensions

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Length

5.24m

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Span

12.8m

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Maximum Altitude

12,000 ft

Specifications

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Engine

Light Helicopter Turbine Engine Company (LHTEC) CTS800-4N

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Maximum speed

291 kph

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Aircrew

3

Gazelle

Overview

The Gazelle was first produced in 1968 under an Anglo-French agreement between Westlands and Aerospatiale.

The Gazelle, fondly referred to as the "whistling chicken leg", has proved an incredibly reliable observation and reconnaissance helicopter for many years.

Although, having only one engine, it is not as powerful as many others, but its lightweight chassis offsets any deficit it might have. Advantages include its small agile nature, and its unparalleled visibility from the cockpit.

Specifications

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Engine

1 x Turbomeca Astazou III N2 592 shp

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Max speed

311 kph

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Max mass

1900 kg

Dimensions

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Length

11.97m

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Main rotor diameter

10.5m

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Height

3.15 m

Bell 212

The Bell 212 is used by the Army Air Corps in the jungle areas of Brunei.

A winch on the side of the aircraft also enables medical evacuation in otherwise difficult terrain.

Consequently the Bell 212 is currently employed in predominantly jungle areas where its performance is a great advantage.

Squirrel

The Squirrel is a variant of the AS350 Ecureuil civil helicopter.

The relatively modern aircraft is the training helicopter of choice for both the Defence Helicopter Flying School and the Operational Training Phase of flying at Middle Wallop.

This single engine helicopter is the perfect platform for instructing all the different flying techniques required of new pilots.