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Eight powerful Apache helicopters arrive in HawaiiUPDATED 10:59 PM HST Jun 20, 2014Video Transcript
When soldiers are stuck in battle -- the sound of an friendly Apache helicopter overhead can be quite a relief. Eight of those choppers are in Hawaii for a different kind of mission... To showcase itself as one of the most technologically sound fighting machines. Brenton Awa had the chance to get up close and personal with the Apaches.. 2 17 55 This is no ordinary Apache... 1335 "FLYING IS AMAZING, IT'S AN AWESOME AIRCRAFT." It's the latest and greatest model -- the most efficient attack helicopter in the world. Even more powerful than it's predecessor. ...end eight of them have been brought to Hawaii for the very first time... One -- unveiled today. 936 - 951 - Hawley "BRINGING THOSE THINGS HERE SENDS A MESSAGE TO OUR PARTNER NATIONS AS WELL AS OUR NATION WITHIN ITSELF THAT WE'RE BRINGING OUR BEST EQUIPMENT, OUR MOST MODERN EQUIPMENT TO THIS THEATER, SPECIFICALLY FORD BASE IN HAWAII IF IT IS REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE." The message is that our military can move these aircraft wherever -- whenever they want -- and do it quick. It took just over a week to get eight of them here from colorado by ship... But transport can be much quicker as these aircrafts can fit in a C17 -- cutting that trip to a matter of hours. These new and improved models come with a 30- millimeter Chain Gun. Hellfire missiles -- Hydra rockets and an advanced GPS system. 2215 - 2226 - Brophy "THE ABILITY OF THIS HELICOPTER TO DEPLOY THESE MUNITIONS IN A PRECISE MANNER, TO BE ABLE TO PUT THE ROUNDS EXACTLY WHERE THEY WANT TO IS UN-PARALLELED IN THE WORLD." These Apaches are called the Guardians. And with this upcoming training -- soldiers hope it'll live up to its name. Over the next two months -- these Apache helicopters will be doing exercises around the state. Rimpac starts this coming Thursday ... That'll be followed by operation tiger balm out near Kahuku. The push to buy up land for rail...