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Army consolidates Apache AH-64E upgrade testing to create efficiency

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Alabama - The U.S. Army is realigning its Follow-On Test and Evaluation (FOT&E) of technology insertions in the AH-64E Apache helicopter to increase efficiency and effectiveness. The test is now planned to occur in the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2019. FOTE II was previously scheduled for the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2018.

An AH-64E Apache / dvidshub.net

"The realignment of the FOT&E is partially related to technical maturity but more heavily influenced by the opportunity to improve efficiency, effectiveness, and align multiple capabilities," said Col. Joseph Hoecherl Apache Helicopter Project Manager. "Realigning FOTE II enables the Army to maximize its relevance and the combat effectiveness of the AH-64E Apache attack helicopter while efficiently using the Army's resources."

Advantages of the realignment include: (1) Improving efficiency and effectiveness of operational testing by conducting a combined operational test event for Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) and AH-64E V6; (2) Reducing the burden on U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) and Soldiers by consolidating two test events into one; (3) Allowing time to focus on the final requirements; and (4) Allowing further development and refinement of AH-64E V6 capabilities with user input prior to fielding.

The FOT&E event will test capability improvements in the AH-64E Apache to include Version 6, which is focused on increased lethality, improved situational awareness, and improved navigation.

"The Apache program is moving forward to achieve all of the capability requirements identified by the Army," said Hoecherl.