227th Aviation Regiment
"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.
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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