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January 11, 2022

4-2 AB in South Korea receive AH-64E V6 Apache helicopters

The 4-2 Attack Battalion is the first OCONUS unit to receive the V6 aircraft.

The US Army has deployed the newest variant of its Apache attack helicopter to the 4th Battalion (Attack) and 2nd Aviation Regiment (4-2 AB) at Camp Humphreys, in South Korea.

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This is the first outside the continental United States (OCONUS) unit to receive the newest variant, dubbed AH-64 Version 6 (V6) helicopter.

Fielding of the newest variant started in November last year, and since then, the unit has received 12 out of a total of 24 aircraft.

D Company commander captain Timothy Iuchs said: “The fielding of the new AH-64E V6s Apache aircraft is a turning point for 4-2 Attack Battalion, and we are thrilled to deploy this airframe.

“The upgraded aircraft integrates modern technology for both the aviator and maintainers in our battalion.

“For our maintainers, the new systems onboard allows them better diagnostic capabilities and decreases the downtime of the aircraft.

“For the aviator, AH-64E provides an overall increased situational awareness with an upgraded sensor suite, level four manned-unmanned teaming, and an upgraded drive system which is a vast improvement over the Delta variant of the model.”

Apache’s Version 6 AH-64E model is the final planned upgrade to the aircraft, replacing the AH-64D Apache attack helicopters.

The V6 variant features the latest in communications, navigation and sensors, and is equipped with a cognitive decision aiding system (CDAS).

In addition, the variant has an improved cockpit map display that will allow pilots to use digital images to see terrain and other topographical features. This feature increases situational awareness of the pilot.

Multiple upgrades to the modernised target acquisition designation sight/pilot night vision system allow pilots to take on targets accurately, even at longer distances.

The Version 6 AH-64E model also features a GEN3 day sensor assembly and link 16 communications.

In August 2021, South Korea requested to purchase precision-guided munitions from the US.

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