Over 500 E Models Delivered Since 2011
Boeing delivered its 2,500th APACHE helicopter (an AH-64E for the US Army) in late June.
The first AH-64, an A model, was delivered by McDonnell Douglas in January 1984. Today’s E model APACHE features integrated technologies including communications and navigation capabilities to enhance situational awareness and coordination; a new, faster multi-core mission processor for advanced systems integration; and maritime capability in the fire control radar for watercraft detection and identification along with a shorter engagement timeline. 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.
“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,” commented Kathleen Jolivette, VP of Attack Helicopter Programs. “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.”
Selected by or in service today with the US Army and the armed forces of 16 nations, APACHEs are slated to fulfil the requirements of aviators and battlefield commanders for decades to come. Planned modernization has ensured that APACHEs have evolved with revolutionary technologies. Today’s helicopters feature capabilities for resilience in multi-mission operational environments.
“As a former Army aviator with military service dating back to October 1978 and later selected to fly the first AH-64A and later the AH-64D model APACHEs, it’s a thrill today to be a part of the crews who complete flight testing on aircraft during development and prior to delivery to customers,” observed Dave Guthrie, Boeing’s Chief Pilot for APACHEP Programs. “I know that I’m part of this helicopter’s history and its future.”
Legacy APACHE deliveries, including new-build and remanufactured helicopters, include 937 A models through 1997, more than 1,000 AH-64Ds between 1997-2013 and over 500 E models since 2011.