AH-64 Apache

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2019 US$ Cost Model E
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$38.5 million (est.)
GE T700
2 x 1,890 hp ea.
58 ft. 2 in.
15 ft. 3 in.
11,815 lbs.
18,110 lbs.
145 mph
227 mph
2,900 fpm
21,000 feet
435 miles


AH-64 Apache

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.

March 22, 2017: Boeing is awarded 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. The contract expires on December 31, 2022. Deliveries to the U.S. Army for 2017 will be comprised of 52 helicopters, with 48 helicopters per year to be delivered per year over the next four years. The large, multi-year contract yielded the U.S. Army an approximate ten percent saving over single yearly contracts. 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.

Feb. 27, 2018:  It was announced today that the Indian Army will be receiving an additional six Ah-64 Apache helicopters in 2019.  In 2015 a contract was signed for 22 of the helicopters for the Indian Army.

Sept. 17, 2018:  The Netherlands have approved the expenditure of some US$1 billion in conjunction with the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program.  It will be used for the training of pilots and improvements to some 28 of their AH-64 Apache helicopters. This includes more powerful engines, improved fire control radar and avionics.

Oct. 8, 2018: The United Arab Emirates has ordered eight remanufactured and nine new AH-64 Apache model E helicopters at a cost of US$242.1 million. Production is anticipated to be completed by February of 2023.

Dec. 19, 2018:  It was announced today that Northrop Grumman has been contracted in the amount of 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.  Work under the contract is expected to be completed by 2025.

March 13, 2019:  As part of a contract enacted in 2016, today Boeing delivered the first of 24 new AH-64 Apache helicopters to Qatar.

July 12, 2019: Boeing has been contracted for US$96,873,221 by the United Arab Emirates for 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 completion date is January 1, 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.

2 thoughts on “AH-64 Apache”

  1. Tom Loosen says:

    The AH-64 Apache from GT Model is among the best and worth every penny. It is easy to fly, yet I am capable of doing more aerobatics than lots of other helicopters that I see at the field.
    While learning to fly, I banged it around a bit, yet it just shrugged off the hits. My AH-64 Apache came with spare main rotors, and they came in handy after I ran into a tree.
    The AH-64 Apache provides some pretty long flight times, but those can be extended even further with higher capacity batteries.

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