Poland inquires about purchase of US-made helicopters says MoD

The AH-64E Guardian attack helicopter is the latest version of the AH-64, used by the US Army since the 1980s. Marcin Bielecki/PAP

Poland has asked the US about the acquisition of 96 attack helicopters, wrote the country’s defense minister on social media on Thursday.

"More good news! We've sent and inquiry to the US regarding the purchase of 96 AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopters for the needs of the Polish Army's air forces," Mariusz Błaszczak wrote on Twitter. "Along with the helicopters, we will also obtain a transfer of technology."

The defence minister, on Thursday, took part in a meeting of the Ukraine Defence Contact Group at the at Ramstein Air Base, in Germany, where he and invited defense ministers and senior military officials from around the world discussed the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and various security issues.

Mentioning a conversation held with U.S. Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, Błaszczak said that it concerned cooperation, "both when it comes to the presence of US troops in Poland and the process of modernising the equipment of the Polish armed forces."

He also pointed out that the first helicopters that would arrive from the US would go to the 18th Polish Mechanised Division because the unit was also equipped with Abrams tanks and "the Apache and Abrams really work well together."

Błaszczak noted that those helicopters and tanks formed an "unstoppable force, and that's what we want".

The AH-64E Guardian attack helicopter is the latest version of the AH-64, used by the US Army since the 1980s.

The Guardian version entered into service in 2011 and features the JTIDS (Joint Tactical Information Distribution System) as well as a number of upgrades, including more powerful engines.