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Apache Helicopters

Volume 496: debated on Monday 20 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what through-life upgrades are planned for the Apache helicopter; (288195)

(2) when he plans to start the Block 3 upgrade to the Apache helicopter.

The MOD plans to upgrade the Apache helicopter throughout its life to sustain the capability provided, through a Spiral Development programme, starting before 2017 when the US Army will stop operating their AH64D block 1 aircraft on which the Apache AH Mk1 is based. A number of options have been identified, which include utilising US Army block 3 technology. The UK assessment phase of the upgrade is scheduled to commence in financial year 2012-13.