Boeing Apache Attack Helicopter:American defence and aerospace major Boeing recently achieved a major milestone for its tank killer AH-64 Apache helicopters with the delivery of a total 2,500 attack helicopters to the US military and 15 other nations. The 2,500th Apache Attack Helicopter, an E-model, was delivered to the US Army from the Boeing’s production line in Mesa, Arizona.
The first production AH-64, an A-model Apache, rolled off the assembly line more than 36 years ago on September 30, 1983.
In January 1984, it was delivered by Boeing heritage company McDonnell Douglas to the US Army.
Boeing Apache Helicopters in service of Indian Air Force
Today, Boeing is producing and delivering AH-64E helicopters to a growing list of customers around the world, including India.
“The Apache has built an impressive legacy of success, and is well-positioned to bring relevant technologies and capabilities that defense forces require today and in the future,” said Kathleen Jolivette, vice president of Attack Helicopter programs and senior Mesa site executive.
“Company teammates and suppliers worldwide are focused on assembling, delivering and supporting US and global customers working to deter aggression and defend freedom. Apache is ready to have a key role in the future of multi-domain operations,” Kathleen Jolivette said.
Today’s E-model Apache features integrated technologies including communications and navigation capabilities to enhance situational awareness and coordination.
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New capabilities of Apache Attack Helicopter include a new, faster multi-core mission processor for advanced systems integration, maritime capability in the Fire Control Radar for watercraft detection, and identification along with a shorter engagement timeline.
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The helicopter’s improved drive system includes a split-torque face gear transmission, a 701D engine and composite main rotor blades that ensure the Apache succeeds as a highly stable aerial weapons-delivery platform.
Today, Boeing Apache Attack helicopters are in service of the U.S. Army and the defense forces of 15 nations.
Apache helicopters are slated to fulfil the requirements of aviators and battlefield commanders for decades to come,” Boeing said in a statement.
“Planned modernization has ensured that Apaches have evolved with revolutionary technologies. Today’s helicopters feature capabilities for resiliency in multi-mission operational environments,” Boeing added.
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“As a former Army aviator with military service dating back to October 1978…, it’s a thrill to be a part of the crews who complete flight testing on aircraft during development and prior to delivery to customers,” said Dave Guthrie, Boeing’s chief pilot for Apache programs.
“I know that I’m part of this helicopter’s history and its future,” he said.
Total deliveries of Apache Attack Helicopters include the legacy Apache deliveries, including new-build and re-manufactured helicopters, and it also includes 937 A-models through 1997. And more than 1,000 AH-64Ds between 1997 and 2013, and more than 500 E-models since 2011.
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