Greece adds new Apaches to helicopter fleet

The Greek Ministry of Defence has signed a contract with Boeing for the purchase of 12 AH-64D Apache Longbow combat helicopters.

The Greek Ministry of Defence has signed a commercial contract with Boeing for the purchase of 12 AH-64D Apache Longbow combat helicopters with an option to purchase an additional four Apache Longbows.

The agreement includes the acquisition of the Longbow fire control radar, the new Modernised Target Acquisition Designation Sight (MTADS), support equipment, training services and maintenance support.

The Hellenic Army will add the next-generation Apache Longbows to its current fleet of 20 AH-64A Apaches, which entered service in 1995. Greece is the eighth international defence force to select the AH-64D and the second customer to increase their current fleet size by adding the AH-64D.

The contract with Greece for the AH-64D Apache Longbow program will be managed by Boeing as prime contractor. Some parts of the contract will be completed through government-to-government contract agreements.

The AH-64D Apache is said to feature fully integrated avionics and weapons plus a modem that transmits real-time, secure, digitised battlefield information to air and ground forces. The Apache Longbow is also the only combat helicopter in service with the ability to detect, classify, prioritise and engage stationary or moving enemy targets at stand-off ranges in nearly all weather conditions.