South Korean Army receives Apache Guardian attack helicopters


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The Republic of Korea Army has received four AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopters from South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA).

The helicopters will allow soldiers to quickly deal with threats in the Korean Peninsula, as well as destroy armoured and mechanised forces.

The Apache Guardian can be used in all-weather operations at any time of day.

The model was selected in April 2013, and the first delivery was made at the Boeing factory in Arizona, US, in November 2015.

A total of 30 Apache Guardians will be supplied to the army by early 2017.

Additional ammunition, support equipment and parts were delivered earlier this year.

"A total of 30 Apache Guardians will be supplied to the army by early 2017."

The army plans to train pilots and maintenance crews for the large attack helicopters.

Meanwhile, Hyundai Rotem has developed new armoured combat vehicles for the Korean army.

The 8x8 K808 and K806 vehicles have been developed for rapid troop deployment and reconnaissance missions in front-line areas, as well as mobile strike operations.

DAPA was quoted by media sources as saying: "The new wheeled armoured vehicles, equipped with cutting-edge technologies, can move swiftly on the ground as well as cross water obstacles, carry heavy firepower and protect the troops inside from enemy machine gun attacks that will enormously increase infantry units' operability."


Image: DAPA delivers Apache Guardian attack helicopters to South Korean army. Photo: courtesy of Ministry of National Defense Republic of Korea.