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The new Apache Block III helicopter sparkles under bright lights during a ceremony at the Boeing facility in Mesa, Ariz., Nov. 2, 2011. The new attack helicopter has a stronger engine, improved avionics, better computer-networking capability and increased maneuverability. Photo Credit: PEO Aviation

The first Apache Block III helicopter was delivered to the Army today during a ceremony at the Boeing plant here in which the aircraft was rolled out on stage under bright lights and a wisp of generated smoke.

Hundreds of industry, government and military officials attended the event in which two of the new AH-64 aircraft were actually delivered to the Army ahead of schedule. The first Block III helicopter was finished about a week early and the second about a month ahead of schedule, according to David Koopersmith, Boeing Attack Helicopter Programs vice president.

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Photo Credit: PEO Aviation

“It’s an amazing game-changer,” said Maj. Gen. Tim Crosby about the new Apache. Crosby, the Army’s program executive officer for aviation, went on to say during a press conference that no other helicopter in the world could match the Apache Block III.

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Apache tribal elders wave feathers in an early-morning blessing of the new Apache Block III helicopter before it was delivered to the Army during a ceremony at the Boeing plant in Mesa, Ariz., Nov. 2, 2011. Photo Credit: PEO Aviation

The new attack helicopter has a stronger engine, improved avionics, better computer-networking capability and increased maneuverability when compared to current Apaches, officials said.

Source: Gary Sheftick for Army.mil.

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