Additional AH-64Es delivered to the Army Air Corps

A further two Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters have been delivered to the Army Air Corps (AAC), having arrived in the UK on March 11.

The helicopters – serials ZM707 and ZM709 – were airfreighted from the US to RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, by a Royal Air Force (RAF)-operated Boeing C-17A Globemaster III heavy-lift strategic transport. They were then transported by road to the AAC base at Wattisham Flying Station, Suffolk, where they arrived on March 15.

AAC AH-64E [US Army National Guard/Specialist Thurman Snyder]
A new production Army Air Corps AH-64E being loaded onto an RAF C-17A on January 21 on the US Air Force/Arizona Air National Guard/161st Air Refuelling Wing ramp at Goldwater Air National Guard Base, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Arizona, prior to the aircraft being airfreighted to the UK. US Army National Guard/Specialist Thurman Snyder

The first pair of AAC-operated AH-64Es – serials ZM704 and ZM705 – arrived at RAF Brize Norton on November 24, 2020, before being transported to Wattisham via road on November 26. A further two helicopters – serials ZM706 and ZM708 – arrived at Brize Norton on February 7 and were transferred to Wattisham on February 12.

Another pair arrived in the UK in between these two deliveries, although their precise details are unknown. A US Army National Guard press release on March 18 showed the attack helicopters – serials unconfirmed – being loaded onto an RAF-operated C-17A on January 21 at Goldwater Air National Guard Base, which is located adjacent to the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Arizona.