CENTRAL IRAQ, March 24 -- Advanced U.S Army Apache Longbow helicopters making their first large-scale strike deep in Iraq today cut the operation short in the face of intense fire from antiaircraft guns, rocket-propelled grenades and rifles, according to officers and pilots. One of the AH-64Ds went down in a farmer's field and its two pilots were captured.
There is a thread elsewhere about the use of Apache helicopters during the RM attack on a Taliban fort in Afghanistan. Its cooking nicely and I dont want to distract but, given the quotes above, Im surprised that we are using Apache in a role that still leaves them open to the risk of loss from simple armament.
Have ours been up-armoured or is it further evidence that the guys are fighting and doing so well with one arm tied behind their back by this parsimonious Government?