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Royal Netherlands Air Force Receives Latest AH-64 Version 6 Apache Attack Helicopters

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Royal Netherlands Air Force Receives Latest AH-64 Version 6 Apache Attack Helicopters

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Royal Netherlands Air Force Receives Latest AH-64 Version 6 Apache Attack Helicopters
Royal Netherlands Air Force Receives Latest AH-64 Version 6 Apache Attack Helicopters

The United States delivered two new AH-64E Version 6 Apache Guardian attack helicopters to the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNAF, Koninklijke Luchtmach) 7 December. The RNAF aircraft were remanufactured from the Netherlands current AH-64D fleet. The aircraft were transported by a US Air Force C-17 to Woensdrecht Air Base Logistics Center-Woensdrecht (LCW) for initial inspection and inventory. The Netherlands has a total of 28 Apaches on order. These two and follow-on aircraft will be assembled and tested at Woensdrecht, before being flown to their future operating station of Gilze-Rijen Air Base. Final delivery of the upgraded aircraft is scheduled to take place in 2025.

Although the AH-64Es use parts from the original AH-64D, all the systems are reset, and they are considered new aircraft. The remanufactured aircraft are upgraded to the most modern configuration including more powerful engines, an upgraded gearbox and new composite rotor blades. The latest communications, navigation, sensors, data correlation and pilot cognitive decision aiding system provide significant war fighting advantages over the D model and multiplies combat effectiveness. The Dutch have operated the Apache since 1998. Today the aircraft is operated by several European allied nations and continues to play an essential role in European defense.

Boeing Delivers First Upgraded AH-64 Version 6 Apache to Royal Netherlands Air Force
Boeing has delivered the first AH-64E Version 6, or v6, Apache helicopter featuring improved performance, sensors and software to the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF). (Photo by U.S. Army)

“The successful delivery of the new AH-64E v6 Apache is a turning point for the Netherlands and is emblematic of the significant long-term partnership between the US Army and the RNAF,” said Alexa Alejo, a product manager with PEO Aviation’s Apache project office. “The Apache is the most advanced attack helicopter, and the RNAF is gaining a significant increase in attack power, versatility, situational awareness, and interoperability.”

The AH-64E V6 (Version 6) is the most modern configuration of the Apache attack helicopter and is ready for the Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) battlefield. They include:
• An improved cockpit map display that will allow pilots to use digital map images
• Multiple upgrades to the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision System (MTADS/PNVS)
• A GEN3 Day Sensor Assembly (GEN3 DSA)
• Link 16 communications
• Manned-Unmanned Teaming E\eXpanded (MUMT-X) software designed to allow Apache pilots to directly control other Army unmanned aerial systems

Royal Netherlands Air Force Receives Latest AH-64 Version 6 Apache Attack Helicopters
The first of two Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNAF) AH-64E Apache helicopters is loaded onto a C-17 aircraft for transport to Woensdrecht Air Base, Netherlands. (Photo by U.S. Army)

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