The United Arab Emirates Uplifts Its Aerial Prowess with First AH-64E Apache
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has taken a significant step forward in strengthening its military arsenal by receiving the first of its AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. This marks the initial unit in a series of 37 planned Apache helicopters, which includes nine new AH-64Es and 28 upgraded AH-64D models.
History of the Apache in the UAE
Boeing’s partnership with the UAE has roots going back to the 1990s when the Gulf nation first operated the Apache Model A. Over the years, this alliance has grown stronger, culminating in the recent delivery of the modernized AH-64E Apache.
In 2018 and 2019, Boeing secured a contract with the US Department of Defense as part of the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. This contract laid the groundwork for the production of the AH-64E Apache specifically for the UAE, augmenting the nation’s military capabilities.
Training and Maintenance Services
Accompanying the Apache’s delivery is a comprehensive package that includes spare parts, training, and maintenance services. These ancillary features ensure that the UAE’s armed forces can deploy these advanced machines effectively and maintain them for long-term use.
Implications for Regional Security
The AH-64E’s state-of-the-art features significantly enhance the UAE’s offensive and defensive capabilities. This move aligns with the country’s broader military objectives and has been closely watched by geopolitical analysts and neighboring countries alike.