asked Her Majesty's Government:Following the Strategic Defence Review, how many Apache helicopters the three proposed Apache regiments will have; and [HL2962]Following the Strategic Defence Review, where the three proposed Apache regiments will be based and train. [HL2963]
The three Apache regiments will each comprise two squadrons of eight aircraft, giving a front line strength of 48 aircraft. The current plan is for two regiments of Apache to be based at Wattisham, and one at Dishforth, with initial individual training conducted at Middle Wallop, and continuation training conducted at the operational bases. However, this arrangement is being examined as part of the Joint Helicopter Command implementation study. The scale and locations required for collective training are also under study.