Why Apache military helicopters have been seen over Derby

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The Army has explained why Apache military helicopters have been spotted over Derby.

Several people contacted the Derby Telegraph to say they had seen the dramatic fly-over in the skies yesterday afternoon.

Paul Dove said: "There were two army Apache helicopters flying over Spondon yesterday afternoon."

And Paul Davo said: "There were four - two in the morning and another two in the afternoon."

A spokeswoman for the British Army said it was, in fact, two helicopters that flew over the city having taken off from RAF Wattisham in East Anglia.

She said: "They were conducting routine flying training and that took them over Derby."

The Apache attack helicopter can operate in all weathers, day or night and detect, classify and prioritise up to 256 potential targets in a matter of seconds. It carries a mix of weapons including rockets, Hellfire missiles and a 30mm chain gun.

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In addition to the distinctive Longbow radar located above the rotor blades, this aircraft is equipped with a thermal imaging sight.

An Army statement on its latest Apaches says: "The latest fleet flown by Army Air Corps pilots from the Joint Helicopter Command, are more advanced and more capable than the previous model which will provide the Army with a continuous edge over any future adversaries."