Britain to send attack helicopters to Ukraine – media – RT World News


Britain would provide Ukraine with up to four AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to fight Russian forces, a senior defense source told Sunday People, a media outlet that shares a website with The Mirror.

The news comes after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak confirmed that the UK would provide Kyiv with a squadron of 14 Challenger 2 tanks and additional artillery systems.

“The Apache is going to be a game changer. Tanks will come first and it will be a while before helicopters can be deployed,” the source was quoted as saying. “Other NATO members will now follow suit.”

The source said more helicopters would be needed to do “a strategic impact” on the battlefield, but the first batch of Apache would be “a major step” However. According to the report, the aircraft is armed with AGM-114 Hellfire anti-armour missiles.


According to Sunday People, the Ukrainian pilots will be trained in Britain, while a maintenance base will be set up in Poland or another neighboring country.

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has renewed the call for Western countries to send more heavy weapons to kyiv in recent weeks. The United States pledged this month to deliver a batch of Bradley infantry fighting vehicles for the first time, while Germany said it would supply Marder armored vehicles. France has pledged to supply Ukraine with AMX-10 RC vehicles, often described as wheeled light tanks.

Moscow said all foreign weapons systems in Ukraine would be treated as legitimate targets and weapons supplied by the West would only prolong the conflict.

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