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Boeing AH-64 Apache

Boeing AH-64 Apache

The Boeing AH-64 Apache is an attack helicopter which can be used against ground targets like tanks. The AH-64 was developed by the company Hughes during the 1970's. In 1975 the Apache did its maiden flight. The US Army needed an attack helicopter for every weather condition and which can be used during the day and at night. The YAH-64 from the company Hughes and the YAH-63 from the company Bell stood at disposal. The US Army chose the YAH-64 and since this time it is produced in series as AH-64 Apache. Totally over 1000 Apaches were built. Since 1984 the Apache is in action. The cockpit has got an armor which can resist caliber 20 mm bullets. The crew consists of 2 men, the gunner sits in front and the pilot sits on a higher seat behind him. At the underside of the fuselage the Apache has got one M230 one-barreled 30 mm machine cannon. Under the wings up to 16 AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missiles (guided missiles) can be installed. The Apache can also be equipped with 76 air-to-surface missiles which are not guided. The Apache took part in the Gulf War (1990/91), in the Afghanistan War (2001) and in the Iraq War (2003). The Apache is not only used by the USA, but it is exported to other countries, too.

Technical data about the Boeing AH-64 Apache
Crew 2 men
Length without main rotor 15.47 m
Main rotor diameter 14.63 m
Height 4.95 m
Engines two General Electric T700-GE-701C each with 1,409 kW
Weapons one M230 30 mm machine cannon
air-to-surface missiles
Maximum speed 365 km/h
Maximum takeoff weight 9,500 kg
Range 500 km

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Last Update: 07.10.2006