Future British Army pilots at the Army Aviation Centre in Middle Wallop, UK, have started training on new Apache AH-64E helicopters.

The helicopters will be operated by trainee pilots of the 7 Regiment Army Air Corps, which is based at Middle Wallop.

In a statement, the British Army said: “Whilst Wattisham Airfield is home to the front line AH-64E regiments, these new AH-64E helicopters stationed at Middle Wallop will be operating with 7 Regiment Army Air Corps as the instructional platforms on which the pilots and gunners of tomorrow will train to become the most feared and lethal combination on the battlefield.”

Notably, the British Army has been using the Apache attack helicopter for nearly 22 years, with the Apache Mk1 being deployed for military operations in Afghanistan, Libya and other countries.

The AH-64E is the latest addition to its aircraft inventory.

An advanced multi-role combat helicopter, the AH-64E is said to be faster than its predecessor. The helicopter can also climb quicker and carry a heavier payload.

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Additionally, the AH-64E features strong armour to offer protection from anti-aircraft firing. It is also equipped with an advanced target prioritising system for rapid reassessment on battlefields, which improves strike capabilities and survivability.

The UK is procuring 50 such attack helicopters from Boeing as part of its modernisation programme.

All 50 units are expected to enter service by 2025.

Recently, Australia also unveiled plans to procure 29 new AH-64E Apache Armed Reconnaissance helicopters.