227th Aviation Regiment
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"POWER"; or "CAN DO"

Upon return to the United States, The first of a series of reorganizations were initiated in the period May 1991 to August 1993, which resulted in a contingency force, ready to deploy anywhere in the world on a moments notice. On 06 November 1992; Company "D", 227th Aviation Regiment was redesignated as 4th Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment (Provisional). On 16 December 1993, the Provisional status was removed by its activation and assignment to the 1st Cavalry Division. More recently, on 27 June 1997, as part of the restructuring of the Aviation Brigade, the 4th Battalion was redesignated as 2nd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment.

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AH-64D Longbow Apache Helicopter
On 02 June 1998, after years of testing and preparation, the 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment began to field the most advanced attack helicopter ever built, the AH-64D "Longbow". Just as the English longbow archers provided a great advantage during medieval battles, the integrated cockpit instrumentation displays and target sensors, provides the AH-64D Apache Longbow pilots an overwhelming extended target capability advantage on the digital battlefields of the 21st Century.

The heart of the weapon system of the Longbow is the new millimeter wave radar that can track up to 256 targets simultaneously, along with a new generation of radar guided Hellfire anti-tank missiles with fire-and-forget capability. The Longbow has the capability to pass its targeting information to others to enable coordinated attacks with unprecedented precision, lethality, and speed, all with minimal exposure to enemy fire.

The first of the upgraded Block II Apaches was delivered to the US Army in February 2003. Block II includes upgrades to the digital communications systems to improve communications within the "tactical internet".

Block III improvements, slated for 2008 onwards, include increasing digitization, the joint tactical radio system, enhanced engines and drive systems, capability to control UAVs, new composite rotor blade and landing gear upgrades. The new blades, which successfully completed flight testing in May 2004, increase the Apache's cruise speed, climb rate and payload capability. The Block III System Development and Demonstration (SDD) contract was awarded to Boeing in July 2006.

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