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Sec Army McHugh Says No Choice But Accept Apache Transmission Swaps; Line Would Have Shut Down

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WASHINGTON: The Secretary of the Army defended today what he admitted was “an unconventional approach” to fielding the service’s cutting-edge AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter, saying the only alternative to the current complex workaround would have been to “shut the line down” for a time. “I will grant the unconventionality of it,” John McHugh said.… Keep reading →

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Army Plays Shell Game With Unfinished Apache Helicopters: Put The Transmission In, And Pull It Out Again

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: The Army’s problem with its new Apache helicopters isn’t as bad as we thought when we first wrote about it last week. It’s worse. We knew that Northstar Aerospace, the subcontractor making the transmissions for lead contractor Boeing, had fallen behind on building that crucial component. We knew at least seven of the latest… Keep reading →

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Army: AH-64E Apaches Are A-OK; Transmission Problem Didn’t Hit Cost Or Schedule

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The Army’s newest attack helicopter is on track, the colonel in charge said in response to congressional concerns: Delays in manufacturing transmissions for the Boeing-built AH-64E Guardian have neither driven up the price nor slowed its fielding to combat units. [But there are still unflyable AH-64Es on the Army’s hands: click here to read the… Keep reading →

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