The Boeing Apache dubbed as the world most advance Multi-role attack helicopter is now on the way to join Bangladesh Armed Forces Inventory . Most probably the Apache fleet will Join Bangladesh Army Aviation Group – The the army aviation unit of the Bangladesh Army. . Bangladesh will be 17th country to operate this advance attack Helicopter . According to Jane’s , Boeing’s senior manager for global sales and marketing for attack and cargo helicopter programmes Terry Jamison, confirmed that its AH-64E Apache attack helicopter has been down-selected for a potential programme in Bangladesh .Back in January 2019 US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller confirmed his countries willingness to sell Military weapon to Bangladesh . United States secretary of state Mike Pompeo discussed Acquisition and Cross Servicing Agreement ( ACSA ) with Bangladesh foreign minister Abdul Momen in Washington on 13 April . Bangladesh agreed to sign two critical agreements with the US, the Acquisitions and Cross Servicing Agreement (ACSA) and the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA).
Boeing AH 64 Apache – Documentary
Apache cost around 35.5 Million to 40 Million USD
|Length||48.16 ft. (14.68 m)|
|Height||15.49 ft. (4.72 m)|
|Rotor Diameter||48 ft. (14.63 m)|
|Primary Mission Gross Weight||15,075 lb. (6,838 kg)|
|Maximum Operating Weight||23,000 lb. (10,432 kg)|
|Maximum Rate of Climb||2,800+ ft. (853+ m) per minute|
|Maximum Level Flight Speed||150+ knots (279+ kph)|
|Service Ceiling||20,000 ft. (6,096 m)|
The Boeing Apache The Apache has advanced laser, infrared and target acquisition designation to locate, track and attack targets. Apache carries Hellfire anti-tank missiles, and Hydra 70 general-purpose unguided 70 mm (2.756 in) rockets. Two high-performance turbo-shaft engines allow for a maximum cruise speed of 284 kilometers per hour, or 152 knots. The AH-64E Apache has the ability to control unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV .
Boeing multi-role combat aircraft ?
However, it would be interesting to see if Bangladesh tries working with one main supplier, in this scenario Boeing, to fulfill multiple requirements. So, in addition to attack helicopters, might it look to Boeing for a new multi-role combat aircraft as well? It is worth noting that the Bangladesh Air Force’s (BAF) initial new fighter requirement (set under a tender in 2017) was for up to 12 twin-engine fighters.Quwa Defence News & Analysis Group