The Israeli air force is equipping its Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters with two new systems that will improve the aircraft’s capability to defend itself from threats.

According to an official at the service headquarters’ weapons systems unit, the additional systems will detect the threat posed by missiles equipped with infrared or radar seekers. While he declines to provide further details, the officer – identified by the Israeli air force magazine as Maj Yonatan – says the systems are “based on the huge operational experience of the force in using the Apache Longbow in a variety of combat scenarios”.

The new sensors have been trialled in recent months on a series of test flights, and series installation will begin soon. […]