YouTube - AH-64 Apache
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.
The nose of the helicopter holds passive infra-red sensors, TV cameras, and laser aiming system. 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.
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 engines used by the AH-64 Apache are digitally controlled for quicker response and better fuel economy, 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.
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.
The 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 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.