Boeing To Sell 36 Apaches to South Korea

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  1. U Sun Dar

    U Sun Dar Regular Member

    Apr 11, 2012
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    South Korea selected Boeing’s new Apache helicopter as the winner of its $1.6 billion “AH-X” deal to buy 36 heavy attack helicopters.

    The AH-64E Guardian, the latest Apache aircraft, beat Bell’s AH-1Z and the T-129 built by Turkish Aerospace Industries, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said April 17.

    “All the three aircraft were assessed to have latest technologies, but the AH-64E was evaluated to have better performance than the other competitors,” DAPA spokesman Baek Yoon-hyung said in a press briefing.

    Baek said the Guardian was given higher ratings in the evaluation of maximum takeoff, weapons load and target acquisition, although the aircraft was assessed to incur higher maintenance costs than the other candidates.

    Boeing will deliver the AH-64Es from 2016 to 2018 to replace the older fleet of Bell AS-1 Cobra helicopters. The aircraft is equipped with a 30mm M230 chain gun and AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missiles, as well as AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles and Hydra 70 laser-guided rockets.

    “From the older AH-64A to the latest AH-64E, the Apache helicopter has proved its capabilities in the battlefields,” said Air Force Maj. Gen. Kim Youn-hwan, director of DAPA’s aircraft programs bureau. “U.S. and many other ground forces operate the aircraft, which means we could get better logistics support.”

    The AH-64E being delivered to the South Korean Army will be fitted with an air-to-air Stinger missile system, as well as a tactical air navigation system and high frequency radios, Kim said, declining to elaborate how many Longbow fire control radars were bought.

    “The U.S. Army has an operational concept of equipping every three or six Apaches with the Longbow radar, and we will have a concept not so different from it,” he said, brushing off speculation that the U.S. government might have excluded key items, including the Longbow radar, to sell the aircraft more cheaply

    The Apache will largely be tasked with destroying North Korean tanks or other armored vehicles before they cross the military demarcation line in case of war.

    “North Korea is believed to have armored forces twice as many as South Korea, and they could attempt to occupy Seoul in case of an emergency,” said Shin In-kyun, head of Korea Defense Network, a Seoul-based online defense think tank. “When we have the Apache with the Longbow radar, we can detect and target ground targets across a mountain. That could be a “shock and awe” to the North’s forces.”

    The aircraft is also to be used in thwarting a possible infiltration by North Korean commandos into the shores of the South.

    To beef up its asymmetrical capability, the North is believed to have built a forward-deployed naval base of air-cushion landing craft near the western sea border between the two Koreas. The base, just 50 kilometers north of the South’s Baengryeong Island, is estimated to accommodate about 70 landing craft with a maximum speed of 90 kilometers per hour
  3. indian_sukhoi

    indian_sukhoi Regular Member

    Apr 6, 2009
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    Hyderabad, India
    The North Korea nuisance, Did help them fast track all the military deals. It seems the apaches main role would be content NK Landing Ships.

    There was no doubt that Apaches winning the competition. Three Gunships were shortlised after evaluation, The other two were Super Cobra and Agustas.

    Although Turkey came up with lowest bid but Apaches would be better buy.
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