Morocco to send pilots to US to receive training on Apache helicopters

Morocco to send pilots to US to receive training on Apache helicopters

Ahead of receiving the first batch of Apache helicopters, Morocco’s Royal Air force will send a group of its best pilots to receive training on handling this mighty offensive aircraft, well informed website FAR Maroc, which specialized in army news said.

 

In November 2019, the US State department cleared the sale of36 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $4.25 billion.

The Moroccan pilots will be trained in the state of Utah for two months during which they will experience defensive and offensive uses of the helicopter.

The Apache remains the best performing attack helicopter since it was first launched in 1989.

The twin-engine army attack helicopter, developed by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing), is used by Egypt, Greece, Israel, the Netherlands, Japan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the UK.

The acquisition would seriously tip the balance in favor of Morocco in the regional arms race with Algeria. Morocco operates F16 fighter jets while Algeria relies on Russia’s SU-30.

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