The US State Department has given the green light for Poland to buy 96 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, a deal worth an estimated $12 billion. The proposed sale, which was announced by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 21 August, will enhance Poland’s ability to deter potential aggression from Russia and Belarus.
The AH-64E Apache is the latest and most advanced variant of the iconic helicopter that has been in service since the 1980s. The Apache is designed to perform close air support, armed reconnaissance, and anti-tank warfare missions. It can carry a variety of weapons, including Hellfire missiles, Hydra rockets, and a 30mm chain gun. The AH-64E features improved avionics, sensors, and communications systems, as well as increased survivability and manoeuvrability.
The procurement of the Apache’s “will improve Poland’s capability to meet current and future threats by providing a credible force that is capable of deterring adversaries and participating in NATO operations,” a State Department statement said.
The sale of the Apaches to Poland is subject to approval by the US Congress, which has 30 days to review the deal and raise any objections. However, given the bipartisan support for strengthening NATO and deterring Russia, the deal is likely to go through without much opposition. The Polish government has welcomed the announcement of the sale, saying that it will boost its defence capabilities and deepen its strategic partnership with the US.