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A completely different philosophy: the Polish military about the transition from the Mi-24 to the American Apache

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jul8,2024

A completely different philosophy: the Polish military on the transition from Mi-24 to American Apache

The military says that the American attack helicopter is built according to a different philosophy. It is modular, easier to maintain and has a number of advantages over Soviet machines.

Poland purchased AH-64E Apache attack helicopters from the United States. Defense 24 journalists spoke with the technicians of the 56th Air Force Base of the 1st Brigade of the Army Brigade, who have already learned to work on the new devices. According to the technicians, they were trained in Texas at the Lackland base. They learned on virtual machine models, in practice and in theory. In total, they passed about 30 exams. The military had the opportunity to see a model of the helicopter and disassemble each element to see how it works.

Maciej Shopa previously worked with the Soviet Mi-2, Mi-24 and PZL W-3 Sokol helicopters.

“Definitely. The AH-64E requires more training, but it may not be easier, but it's different to work with. That's the difference between our helicopters, especially the old Mi and the Apache. The differences were everywhere. In general maintenance, repairs, or even in the organization of work. There are many technical solutions that lead to a reduction in the time of various works. There is also a modular system when there is a breakdown you don't dismantle the entire damaged power plant, you just pull out the old one and put in a new one. This solution is definitely much faster,” — said Chopa.

They also noted that the AH-64E can operate from small and hidden bases due to the fact that almost no pre-flight tests are required. You need less staff to “lift” the helicopter.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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