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AH-64 Apache

Defense forces worldwide fly three variants of AH-64 Apache multi-mission combat helicopters - the AH-64A Apache, the next-generation AH-64D Apache, and AH-64D Apache Longbow, which is equipped with the advanced Longbow fire control radar: AH-64D Apache Longbow The AH-64D Apache Longbow is the newest version of the combat-proven AH-64A Apache, and a candidate to fulfill the attack helicopter and reconnaissance requirements of several armed forces worldwide. Apache Longbow is in production at The Boeing Company in Mesa, Ariz. Boeing is producing the world's most advanced combat helicopter for the U.S. Army, and defense forces in The Netherlands and the United Kingdom at a rate of more than five helicopters a month. Production will increase to six a month in March 2000 for the U.S. Army and exceed six a month overall by 2001. The Mesa facility is designed to accommodate a rate of more than 12 aircraft a month in peacetime operations. Boeing delivered the U.S. Army's 100th Apache Longbow in December 1999. Boeing has delivered more than 1,050 AH-64A and AH-64D Apache since the program went into production in the early 1980s. Boeing has announced a commitment to delivery 1,000 more Apaches over the next decade. The first AH-64D Apache Longbows for the U.S. Army were delivered in 1997. The first AH-64D Apache for the Royal Netherlands Air Force was delivered in June 1998. The first WAH-64 Apache Longbow for the United Kingdom was delivered three months later in September. The Apache Longbow, the world's only fourth generation attack helicopter, is the only combat helicopter in service with the ability to rapidly detect, classify, prioritize and engage stationary or moving enemy targets at standoff ranges in nearly all weather environments. AH-64D Apache Longbows have greater weapons accuracy at longer ranges and have the ability to fight more effectively at night and in nearly any weather. The Apache Longbow's advanced communications and combat capabilities gives battlefield commanders the ability to more effectively manage the 21st century battlefield. The Apache Longbow gives combat pilots an unmatched advantage over enemy threats through the integration of the Longbow fire control radar, advanced Hellfire missiles, and an advanced avionics suite. Aerobatic Maneuvers Demonstrate Agility In September 1999, a series of dramatic aerobatic maneuvers, performed by an AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter for the first time in public, showcased the aircraft's performance and agility. The Apache Longbow performed a series of loops and rolls, hammerhead stalls and split-S maneuvers at weights never before flown at public demonstrations. Boeing pilots also reported that the AH-64D performed better during the aerobatic tests than its predecessor, the combat proven AH-64A Apache.

Multi-Mission Configurations

Primary MissionStarboard WingM230 GunPort WingRate of ClimbDurationCombat (Anti-armor)
4 Hellfire320 rds 30mm
4 Hellfire1450 fpm1.8 hours
Multi-role (Covering force)
4 Hellfire 19 FFAR *1200 rds 30mm
4 Hellfire 19 FFAR *860 fpm2.5 hours
Close-support (Anti-armor)
8 Hellfire1200 rds 30mm
8 Hellfire990 fpm2.5 hours
Ground-support (Airmobile escort)38 FFAR *1200 rds 30mm38 FFAR *780 fpm2.5 hours
M230 33mm Gun
70mm (2.75 inch) Hydra-70 Folding-Fin Aerial Rockets
AGM-114 Hellfire anti-tank missiles
AGM-122 Sidearm anti-radar missile
AIM-9 Sidewinder Air-to-Air missiles