Wattisham Flying Station in Suffolk has taken delivery of 14 of the new aircraft from Boeing, with 36 more due to arrive by the summer of 2024.

The British Army is currently testing them, with a booster to aerial capability anticipated early next year when they enter operational capability.

They are able to detect 256 potential targets at once, prioritising the most urgent threats within seconds, up to a range of 16km away.

The AH-64E is the most advanced variant of the Apache. It is designed and equipped with an open systems architecture, including the latest communications, navigation, sensor and weapon systems.

It also features advanced digital connectivity, a Joint Tactical Information Distribution System, capability to control unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and new composite main rotor blades.

The MOD has signed a £287m Long Term Training and Support Services contract with Boeing, which will work closely with the British Army to provide maintenance...