The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded an Apache helicopter training contract to Aviation Training International (ATIL).
Under the £48m contract, more than 700 army personnel, including air and ground crew, will be trained to fly the Boeing-built AH-64 Apache helicopter every year for the next six years.
The Apache attack helicopter can operate in all weather, day or night and detect, classify and prioritise up to 256 potential targets within seconds.
It carries a variety of weapons including rockets, Hellfire missiles and a 30mm chain gun, as well as a fully integrated defensive aid suite.
UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “The Apache is a vital part of the British Army’s fighting force that is helping to keep this country safe.
“We are also preparing our forces for the battlefields of tomorrow in an era of complex global challenges by ensuring our formidable Signals and Intelligence Corps are ready for the information warfare of the 21st Century.
“This investment is only possible thanks to a rising defence budget and a drive for efficiency and innovation which will help our armed forces stay at the cutting edge.”
The MoD has also revealed new measures to meet global information and cyber threats by bolstering and reorganising the army’s Royal Corps of Signals and Intelligence Corps.
The Royal Signals will receive an additional regiment to improve its cyber capabilities, allowing it to distribute information rapidly and effectively.
Additionally, the Intelligence Corps will focus on counter-intelligence, security, and cultural understanding.
Image: Apache attack helicopter can operate in all weathers, day or night. Photo: courtesy of MoD / Crown copyright.