European Gunships PART 2

AFM correspondents continue their review of Europe’s helicopter gunships, covering Greece to Poland in this second part.

GUNSHIP HELICOPTERS PART 2

An EAS AH-64A hovers over a lake close to its Stefanovikio base.

Greece

Apache on the prowl

The first of 20 AH-64A Apaches ordered by the Elliniko Aeroporia Stratou (EAS, Hellenic Army Aviation) arrived in Greece in June 1995. In a deal worth $675m, all had been delivered by the end of the year. The army had previously relied on old Bell UH-1 helicopters fitted with door-mounted machine guns for its offensive capability.

A 2003 order for 12 Block II Apache Longbows (locally designated AH-64DHA) modernised the army’s gunship capabilities. However, it was not until February 2010 that the helicopters were officially accepted into service, due to contract disagreements related to Greece’s financial difficulties.

Become a Premium Member to Read More

This is a premium article and requires an active Key.Aero subscription to view.

I’m an existing member, sign me in!

I don’t have a subscription…

Enjoy the following subscriber only benefits:

  • Unlimited access to all KeyAero content
  • Exclusive in-depth articles and analysis, videos, quizzes added daily
  • A fully searchable archive – boasting hundreds of thousands of pieces of quality aviation content
  • Access to read all our leading aviation magazines online - meaning you can enjoy the likes of FlyPast, Aeroplane Monthly, AirForces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, Aviation News, Airports of the World, PC Pilot and Airliner World - as soon as they leave the editor’s desk.
  • Access on any device- anywhere, anytime
  • Choose from our offers below