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AH-64 Apache Specifications
2019 US$ Cost Model E
$38.5 million (est.)
2 x 1,890 hp ea.
58 ft. 2 in.
15 ft. 3 in.
The AH-64 Apache, produced by Boeing, has been the main attack helicopter of the U.S. Army since 1986. It is constantly being updated with the latest weapons and flight systems. Missions include anti-tank and troop support
The AH-64 Apache was originally developed during the Cold War in response to the massive build-up of some 40,000 tanks and heavy armor threatening Western Europe by the Soviet Union. The Cold War ended without the helicopters seeing any action against the Soviet Union. However, AH-64 Apache helicopters have seen action in Panama, the first Gulf War, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Israeli AH-64 Apache helicopters have been used in Gaza and Lebanon. The helicopters are currently deployed by the U.S. Army, Israel, and numerous U.S. allies throughout the world.
The AH-64 Apache uses its modern sensor systems and avionics to enable it to fly at ground-hugging altitudes, through smoke, clouds, and bad weather, day or night. It is able to make use of its weapons while beyond the range of numerous enemy threats.
Although the main weapons of the helicopter are its missiles, it is also equipped with a rapid fire 30 mm chain gun. The missiles are laser guided and have a range of about 12 miles.
The chain gun of the AH-64 Apache has a rate of fire of up to 625 rounds per minute, while being supplied with 1,200 rounds of ammunition.
Stub wings on each side of the helicopter can carry up to 16 missiles or a total of 76 unguided 70 mm rockets. Stinger air-to-air missiles can be mounted outboard on the wings.
The AH-64 Apache incorporates heavy armor to protect the crew and engines from up to 23 mm high explosive rounds often found in the intense hostile environment where it typically operates.
Systems on the AH-64 Apache include Target Acquisition and Designation, Pilot Night Vision, passive infrared countermeasures, GPS, Integrated Helmet and Display Sight, TV cameras, and laser aiming. Infra-red suppression is used to protect the engine from heat-seeking missiles. Avionics and communications systems are housed in armored fairings on both sides of the fuselage.
Recent upgrades to the AH-64 Apache have improved digital connectivity, added the Joint Tactical Information Distribution System for supporting data communications needs, have the capability to control UAVS, and an improved landing gear.
The radar, designated “Longbow” is mounted above the rotor head. It incorporates a “fire and forget” system that can keep track of up to a dozen targets, including aircraft, and classify them by priority.
The latest T700-GE-701D engines used by the AH-64 Apache are more powerful with digital control for quicker response and better fuel economy, have an upgraded face gear transmission to accommodate more power, while the tail rotor blades are especially angled to cross at 56 degrees for noise reduction.
Over 2,000 AH-64 Apache helicopters have been built to date.
In March of 2017 Boeing received US$3.4 billion for 244 remanufactured AH-64 Apache Model E helicopters for the U.S. Army and 24 new AH-64 Apache helicopters for Saudi Arabia to be delivered by December 31, 2022. A total of 48 helicopters per year are to be delivered per year over four years. A contract option allows for the production, by Boeing, of up to 450 helicopters. These may be exported outside the United States or may go the U.S. Army.
In October of 2018 the United Arab Emirates ordered eight remanufactured and nine new AH-64 Apache model E helicopters at a cost of US$242.1 million for deliveries by February of 2023.
In December of 2019 Northrop Grumman received US$3.6 billion for “additional Large Aircraft Infrared Counter Measure system (LAIRCM) replaceable units and support equipment fitted to AH-64 Apache helicopters”. The LAIRCM system detects the launching of infrared missiles, tracks them, and when determined a threat, use high intensity pulse lasers to cloud the missile’s guidance system. Completion is expected by 2025.
July 12, 2019: Boeing received US$96,873,221 from the United Arab Emirates for AH-64 Apache helicopter integrated logistics support, product assurance and Longbow crew trainers. Estimated completion should be Dec. 31, 2024.
Aug. 22, 2019: It was announced today that Boeing has been awarded a US$35.5 million modification to their March 2017 contract to cover the purchase of four additional newly built AH-64 Apache Model E helicopters. Delivery to the U.S. Army should be before December 31, 2022.
Oct. 4, 2019: Boeing receives US$7,892,950 from the Dept. of Defense for the “Communication Interface System Obsolescence” for the AH-64 Apache model E full rate production. Completion date is Dec. 31, 2022.
Nov. 1, 2019: The U.S. Army Contracting Command awarded Boeing US$62,294,566 for “performance-based logistics support for the AH-64 Apache models D/E”. Estimated completion is April 30, 2024.
Nov. 26, 2019: Boeing is awarded US$128.7 million by the US Army Contracting Command for eleven Royal Netherlands Air Force AH-64 Apache helicopter, “recurring and non-recurring scope, version six integration, integrated logistics support and product assurance”. Estimated completion date is June 30, 2025,
Nov. 26, 2019: General Electric gets US$1.3 billion for T700 engine deliveries in support of the AH-64 Apache “foreign military sales and other government agencies”. Completion is estimated by Dec. 31, 2024.
Nov. 29, 2019: The U.S. Army Contracting Command awarded Lockheed Martin US$7,563,160 for “Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight Pilot Night Vision Sensor Systems, subcomponent production and technical services for the AH-64 Apache”. Estimated fulfillment is January 1, 2023.
Dec. 20, 2019: The U.S. Army Contracting Command awarded Boeing US$$564,505,720 for “Foreign Military Sales (Netherlands, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom) for the remanufacture of AH-64 Apache aircraft. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of March 1, 2025”.
Dec.23, 2019: The U.S. Army Contracting Command awarded Boeing US$1,461,384,102 “Foreign Military Sales (Indonesia, Israel, Kuwait, Netherlands, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan and United Arab Emirates) contract for support services for AH-64 Apache models D/E helicopters. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2024”
Jan. 24, 2020: The U.S. Army Contacting Command awarded Longbow LLC, Orlando, Florida US$235,794,870 “Foreign Military Sales (Republic of Korea (South Korea), Greece, India, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Netherlands, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom) contract for procurement of production support services for the Fire Control Radar System for the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2025”.
Jan. 27, 2020: The U.S. Army Contracting Command awarded Boeing US$54,446,000 “for retrofit kits and software development for the AH-64 Apache helicopter”. Fulfillment should be by Nov. 30, 2021.
March 9, 2020: The U.S. Army Contracting Command awarded Boeing US$191,858,915 “for post-production support services and warehouse management services for the United Kingdom AH-64 Apache helicopter fleet of 50 aircraft and three Longbow crew trainers. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2024”.
April 24, 2020: The U.S. Army Contracting Command awarded Lockheed US$67,647,172 “for modernized target acquisition designation sight/pilot night vision sensors and its sub components on the AH-64 Apache helicopter”. Completion is expected by April 24, 2023.
RC AH-64 Apache
The RC AH-64 Apache from Vario is available as a fuselage kit. It is 86 1/2 in. long, 16 1/2 in. wide, and 23 in. high. Recommended power is from a Pyro 800/40L motor turning an 82 3/4 in. four bladed rotor.
The RC AH-64 Apache from GT Model is 15 in. long with rotors that are 13 in. Power comes from a pair of 130 type motors, and it has everything you need to fly.