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Aviation Transformation and Restructuring
AH-64 Apache, Bagram, Afghanistan
AH-64 Apache,
Bagram, Afghanistan

Aviation Transformation further demonstrates The Army’s hard choices in balancing risk to resource Transformation. Our interim plan – now in progress – lowers operating and sustainment costs while posturing aviation for arrival of the Objective Force by 2010. Apache modernization is an integral part of the Army Aviation Transformation Plan. The AH-64D Longbow heavy attack team will enhance domination of the maneuver battlespace and provide the ground commander with a versatile, long-range weapon system against a range of fixed and moving targets. The UH-60 Blackhawk continues to be the assault workhorse of Army Aviation, executing over 40% of The Army’s annual flying hours. We are extending the life of the UH-60 while providing it with capabilities required of the future battlespace. Similarly, The Army is fully committed to the CH-47F Chinook program. Its heavy-lift capability is invaluable to transforming The Army. As we restructure and standardize attack and lift formations across the force, we will also adjust the stationing and alignment of Reserve Component aviation units to mitigate the near-term risk.

Army National Guard Aviation comprises almost 50% of The Army’s aviation force and is one of the Nation’s most valuable assets both for wartime and for peacetime missions. Essential for successful execution of the Nation’s military strategy, the ARNG currently has aviation units deployed in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Bosnia, Europe, and Saudi Arabia, as well as Central and South America.


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