|By Dave Taskis|
67 WAH-64 Longbow Apaches in initial order. Expected that 48 airframes will equip 3 Regiments, with 19 held for trials, training, attrition replacement and as battle reserves.
The Apache AH Mk.1 achieved operational status on May 2005 replacing the Westland Lynx AH7. First deployment was in 2006 during Operation Herrick in Afghanistan. In 2011 while the fleet reached the 100,000 flight hours milestone were deployed aboard HMS Ocean off the coast of Libya for Operation Ellamy. In 2013 surpassed the 150,000 flying hours with more than 40 percent of annual flying hours in Afghanistan. Scheduled to be replaced by AH-64E from 2022
UK MoD £293M Contract for Apache Support, 17-Jan-19 : #Apache Leonardo (UK) Yeovil plant awarded 5-year £293 million MoD contract for support of the existing 50 Army Air Corps Apache AH1 to cover until retirement in 2024. AH-64E to enter service in 2022
AgustaWestland Renews with Critical Software, 15-Dec-14 : Critical Software announce that it has renewed its agreement with AgustaWestland until 2018. Over the last 10 years they have worked in the AW101, AW159 and Apache AH.1 programs.
UK Apaches reaches 50,000 hs in Afghanistan, 14-Apr-14 : The British Army s Apache attack helicopters, operated by the Army Air Corps, flew their 50,000th hour on operation in Afghanistan recently.
HIDAS-15, 01-Sep-13 : HIDAS is a Helicopter Integrated Defensive Aids System used by British Apache and Wildcat aircraft
|First WAH-64 Apache to British Army, 15-Mar-00 : Westland delivered the first WAH-64 Apache, aircraft number WAH#6, to the British Army with a ceremony at Yeovil|
|First WAH-64 Apache Longbow Kit to Westland, 01-Sep-99 : Boeing delivered the first of 59 WAH-64 Apache Longbow helicopter kits to GKN Westland Helicopters at Yeovil|
Westland and Boeing Joint Venture for Apaches, 29-Jul-99 : Aviation Training International, the joint venture between GKN Westland and Boeing Company opened its new headquarters in Sherborne, UK to train Apache British crews
|Years||Units||bold : Current base of the Unit|
|2009/||653 Squadron|| AAC Wattisham |
|2007/||664 Squadron|| RAFO Musannah|
|2005/||663 Squadron|| AAC Wattisham |
|2005/||662 Squadron|| Camp Bastion|
|2003/||656 Squadron|| AAC Wattisham |
|2003/||673 Squadron|| AAC Middle Wallop |
|2003/||4 REGT|| AAC Wattisham |
|??/14||654 Squadron|| Pristina Kosovo|
Enniskillen St Angelo
|LH Ocean class|