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https://tass.ru/armiya-i-opk/13354485

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   MOSCOW, January 5. / TASS /. Representatives of industrial enterprises and the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation are finishing discussing the requirements for a promising combat helicopter and it is planned that in the next year and a half they will determine its appearance. A source in the military-industrial complex told TASS about it.

   "Now there is a discussion and finalization of the requirements for a promising combat helicopter. A dialogue is underway. In the next one and a half to two years, the discussion of a promising aircraft with the military department will be completed," the agency's interlocutor said.

 

   According to him, the requirements are discussed at the level of technical specialists of the Ministry of Defense and representatives of enterprises. The next stage is discussion within the framework of the military-industrial commission.

   TASS has no official confirmation of this information.

 

   Earlier in an interview with TASS, the general director of the Russian Helicopters holding of the Rostec state corporation Andrei Boginsky said that the main principles that will distinguish the promising attack helicopter from the current generation machines will be optional piloting, connection to a common information field and unification of aviation weapons

 

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Development and production contract for the Tiger Mk III signed

 

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The infography is particularly vague and the press release doesn't provide much more infos

 

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https://www.airbus.com/sites/g/files/jlcbta136/files/2022-03/20220212_TigerMkIII_INFOGRAPHIC.jpg

 

42 out of 67 helicopters will be upgraded to the Mk III standard for France (with the 25 others in option).

18 out of 18 for Spain.

Option for Germany to join if they decide it at some point.

First prototype in 2025 and delivery in 2029 and 2030 for France and Spain respectively.

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The main problem of the Apache (other than Europe needing to stop buying all American when there is a local alternative) is it's weight.

It is simply too heavy for a modern attack helicopter giving it a poor range and degrading its payload/total mass ratio.

A 400 km range is plain terrible, and while it's absolute payload is good it doesn't help much if it can't stay in the mission area very long.

It's main advantages are of course the maturity of the design (leading to a good reliability) and a large base of user (meaning getting spare parts is easy and relatively cheap).

 

Making something new wouldn't make much sense given that there isn't really a big market for attack helicopter at the moment, better upgrading what's already there.

 

The Tiger of course has a loads of issues, the main one being poor reliability especially given its lengthy development period.

Pretty much all major project done by Airbus military had the same issue with early reliability and some capabilities being missing at the delivery (both leading to cost inflation).

Part of it is par for the course with multinational programs and part of it is Airbus military being downright incompetent when it comes to industrialization and maintenance support.

 

That being said, this upgrade aim to give the Tiger improved sensors, networking capability, NLOS missiles and all around obsolescences fixes.

It doesn't need much else.

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While i am for not buying made in US , like you point out multinational projects in Eu tend to turn out to be turds, in the end the most successful projects are those that one or the other country developed more or less alone. Europeanising made in US often ends even bigger turd (Euro Global Hawk drone) ,besides optronics i dont see much EU  could swap for own on Apache.

Apache with ITEP engines will likely have much more capability ,Fara projects in US will have all the capability Tiger has even tough is single engined scout

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Infography on the VSR 700 and the H160M that will equip the French navy in the future.

 

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The VSR 700 will be probably present on pretty much every ship (from an OPV to a BPC) while the H160 will replace pretty much all light helicopter currently in service in the navy, the army and the air force (Fennec, Gazelle, Panther, Alouette III and Dauphin).

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Boeing: The next evolution of Apache

 

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Modernizing future fight

Current Army plans call for the Apache to remain operational and an integral part of the service’s aviation forces for decades.

At Boeing, we understand that for the Army to maintain rotorcraft dominance in future Multi-Domain Operations (MDO), the Apache needs to be optimized to complement the next-generation platforms in the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) ecosystem. Moreover, we believe that it’s incumbent on all of us in the industry to keep bringing forward the best ideas and innovative solutions to meet the emerging and future needs of our Soldiers with speed and affordability.

And so, Boeing is proud and excited to introduce the Modernized Apache — a dominant, affordable concept built on the combat-proven Apache platform that represents the next evolution of the current AH-64E v6.

The Modernized Apache concept is capable of seamlessly and effectively meeting the Army’s evolving attack and reconnaissance requirements — including increased agility, interoperability, lethality, survivability and reach.

It also leverages, protects and preserves the established, worldwide industrial base already mature and in place to support future Apache engineering, manufacturing, development and production.

Operating, fighting and winning on the future battlefield

To ensure that the Army can operate, fight and win on the future MDO battlefield, the Modernized Apache will embrace and integrate cutting-edge technology to keep delivering the options and tools needed to support Soldiers on the ground.

The following six modernization elements provide the framework for the Apache’s evolution into the Modernized concept and offer the blueprint for continued dominance:

  1. Drivetrain upgrades to unlock Improved Turbine Engine (ITE) capabilities for enhanced power, range, efficiency and speed;
  2. A Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) for maximum interoperability, and faster integration and fielding of advanced capabilities;
  3. Advanced mission systems to increase interoperability to the network and to reduce pilot cognitive strain and workload during operations;
  4. Advanced sensors and sensor fusion for better and more resilient connectivity across domains and operations in all environmental conditions;
  5. Airborne long-range precision munitions, Air Launched Effects (ALE) and potential future directed energy weapon system integration for increased lethality; and
  6. Advanced sustainment through a more capable and lower life cycle cost airframe, as well as affordable remanufacture and minimized procurement costs.

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I thought they were winding down Apache production? Or is this just an [proposed] upgrade for existing 64E airframes?

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