Australia selects ‘most lethal’ AH-64E Apache Guardian for armed recon capability

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The Australian government has selected the AH-64E Apache Guardian for Australian Army’s armed reconnaissance helicopter (ARH) requirement. The Apache Guardian is expected to replace Australian Army’s ARH starting 2025.

“This new ARH capability will strengthen Australia’s armed reconnaissance force to better shape our strategic environment and deter actions against our national interest,” Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said.

“Defence considered a number of helicopters against key criteria of proven ability, maturity and an off-the-shelf operating system,” she added. “The Apache Guardian is the most lethal, most survivable and lowest risk option, meeting all of Defence’s capability, through-life support, security, and certification requirements.”

Reynolds also noted that there are potential opportunities for Australian industry in logistic support, warehousing services, training development, engineering services, and maintenance, repair and overhaul.

“Maximising these opportunities for Australian businesses will enable the future growth of our local rotary wing industry and will present opportunities for Australian industry involvement in the aircraft’s global supply chain,” she said.