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Boeing AH-64 "Apache"


Attack Helicopter

Proven Anti-Armor Solution.



A Cold War-era product designed to destroy tanks and support ground forces, the venerable AH-64 'Apache' helicopter is still a vital, over-battlefield force to be reckoned with. Its ability to lay down fire with an impressive array of missiles, rockets, and cannon while achieving survivability through onboard systems, armoring, and a two-person crew, have made the Apache attack helicopter series one of the best in the world. Beyond the U.S., over a dozen operators have committed to the type.
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2
CREW
mph
183
SPEED
ft
20,997
CEILING
miles
1,181
RANGE


Mission Roles



GROUND ATTACK
ANTI-ARMOR
CLOSE SUPPORT
RECON
TRAINING
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Gallery



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Qualities





Proven Battlefield Performer



The 1991 Gulf War solidified the Apache helicopter as the best of its type in the world. Its onboard weapons and overall capabilities were put to the test against Iraqi armor - resulting in the decimation of what was, at one point, the 4th largest army in the world in a matter of days (the '100-Hour Ground War').


Recognized Effectiveness



The versatility and proven effectiveness of the Apache platform has led to a slew of operators around the globe including the fighting forces of Egypt, India, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom. Upgrades and modernization (Apache Longbow) have keep the platform a viable anti-armor / troop support solution for the near-future.


Survivability as a Priority



A two-person crew, each with helmet-mounted displays, improves situational awareness and survivability for the helicopter. Couple this with modern warning systems, countermeasures, and armor and the Apache becomes one of the most feared over-battlefield implements available today.


The Road Ahead



At over thirty years old, and with a design rooted in Cold War thinking, the days of the Apache may be numbered. Regardless, the platform remains the ultimate solution in armed scouting, ground support, and tank-killing and is prepped for service into the next decade while plans for a replacement by the U.S. Army begin to ramp up.


Specifications



Year:
1986
Status
Active, In-Service (34 yrs)
Manufacturer(s)
Boeing Company - USA / Hughes - USA
Production
2,000 Units
16 Total

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Egypt; Greece; India; Indonesia; Israel; Japan (Modern); Kuwait; Morocco (ordered); Netherlands; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Singapore; South Korea; Taiwan; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom; United States

(List includes former, current, and potential operating nations)
AH-64A/D: 2 x General Electric T700-GE-701C turboshaft engines developing 1,890 horsepower driving four-bladed main rotor and four-bladed tail rotor.

(Assuming optimal flying/environmental conditions)
Maximum Speed
183 mph | 295 kph | 159 kts
Cruising Speed
165 mph | 265 kph | 143 kts
Service Ceiling
20,997 ft | 6,400 m | 3.98 miles
Operational Range
1,181 miles | 1,900 km | 1,026 nm
Rate-of-Climb
2,500 ft/min | 762 m/min
(Showcased performance statistics pertain to the AH-64A/D production model)
Length
58.23 feet (17.75 meters)
Width
48.06 feet (14.65 meters)
Height
12.70 feet (3.87 meters)
(Showcased measurements pertain to the AH-64A/D production model)
Empty
11,387 lb (5,165 kg)
M.T.O.W.
23,005 lb (10,435 kg)
(Showcased weights pertain to the AH-64A/D production model)
1 x 30mm M230 Chain Gun in traversing mount at chin position afforded 1,200 of 30mm ammunition.

Externally-held ordnance set across four underwing hardpoints, two per wing stub. These positions support AGM-114 'Hellfire' or 'Spike' Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGMs), AIM-92 'Stinger' Air-to-Air Missiles (AAMs), 70mm "Hydra" 70/ 70mm CRV7 / 70mm APKWS seven- and nineteen-shot rocket pods, and fuel stores.

Up to sixteen total ATGMs can be carried.

Apache Longbow models support AIM-92 AAMs on wingtips through a twin-missile mounting. Supported Types:




Automatic Cannon graphic Automatic Cannon(s)
Air-to-Surface Missile graphic Air-to-Surface Missiles
Attack Rocket graphic Rockets / Rocket Pods
Additional Fuel Tank graphic Additional Fuel
AH-64 'Apache' - Base Series Designation.
AH-64A - Initial production mark; 2 x GE T700 turboshaft engines, later upgraded to T701 and then T701C units.
AH-64B - Proposed AH-64A upgrade of 1991 with all-new main rotor, GPS navigation, and upgraded communications suite; initiative ended in 1992.
AH-64B+ - Proposed upgrade of A-models; changed to AH-64C designation.
AH-64C - Proposed upgrade to A-models with 700C engines; abandoned in 1993.
AH-64D 'Apache Longbow' - Upgraded/modernized Apache with radar; mast-mounted AN/APG-78 Longbow Fire-Control Radar unit with Radio Frequency Interferometer (RFI); T700-GE-701C engines; revised forward fuselage; improved navigation, communications, and survivability; AIM-92 'Stinger' missile support.
AH-64D Block III - Proposed upgrade of 2012, becoming the AH-64E.
AH-64D 'Saraph' - Israeli Air Force variant of 1990.
AH-64D-I - Israeli Air Force variant; modernized.
AH-64E 'Guardian' - Improved digital equipment with JTIDS; T700-GE-701D engines; upgraded transmission; UAV support; refined undercarriage; all-new composite main rotor blades; maritime capability; updated Longbow radar; new datalink; increased performance.
AH-64E Block 2 'Compound Apache' - Proposed interim upgrade with improved performance (213mph rated speed).
AH-64F - Proposed Apache upgrade of 2014; improved performance through fixed wing members, new 3,000hp turboshaft engines, articulating tail rotor, and retractable undercarriage; proposed for U.S. Army FVL program.
AH-64 'Sea Apache' - Proposed navalized variant for maritime operations for USMC and USN services.
Apache AH.1 - British Royal Navy model of local licensed assembly by AgustaWestland; based in the AH-64D Block I.


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