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AH-64 Apache

The AH-64E Apache Guardian is the Army's primary attack helicopter. It is a twin-engine, four bladed, quick-reacting, airborne weapon system that can fight close and deep to destroy, disrupt, or delay enemy forces. The Apache is designed to fight and survive during the day, night, and in adverse weather throughout the world. The principal mission of the Apache is the destruction of high-value targets.

Contractor

Primary contractor: McDonnell Douglas Merged with Boeing in 1997

Crew

1 Pilot
1 Gunner

Weapon systems

Main cannon
M230A1 30mm Chain Gun (1200 rounds)
4 x Under-wing pylon station
LAU-61D/A 19-tube Rocket Pod
» Hydra 70 Folding-Fin Aerial Rocket
- OR -
Hellfire Missile Pod (4 missiles each)
» AGM-114 Hellfire

AH-60A Apache

Status

In active service

Characteristics

Dimensions
Length: 17.73 meters 58.17 feet
Height: 4.65 meters 15.24 feet
Wing span: 5.23 meters 17.15 feet
Weight
Empty weight: ~5 352 kilograms 11 800 pounds
Primary mission gross weight: ~6 838 kilograms 15 075 pounds
Features
Power plant: two General Electric T700-GE-701C turboshaft engines
Vertical rate of climb: 11.5 meters per second (sea level standard day) 2 175 feet per minute (sea level standard day)
Vertical rate of climb: 10.41 meters per second (hot day 2 000 feet - 610 meters, 70°F - 21 °C) 2 050 feet per minute (hot day 2 000 feet - 610 meters, 70°F - 21 °C)
Maximum rate of climb: 14.81 meters per second (sea level standard day) 2 915 feet per minute (sea level standard day)
Maximum rate of climb: 14.68 meters per second (hot day 2 000 feet - 610 meters, 70°F - 21 °C) 2 890 feet per minute (hot day 2 000 feet - 610 meters, 70°F - 21 °C)
Cruise speed: 150 knots (277.8 kilometers per hour (sea level standard day)) (172.6 miles per hour (sea level standard day))
Cruise speed: 153 knots (283.36 kilometers per hour (hot day 2 000 feet - 610 meters, 70°F - 21 °C)) (176.1 miles per hour (hot day 2 000 feet - 610 meters, 70°F - 21 °C))
Range (internal fuel only): 216 nautical miles (400 kilometers) (248.55 miles)
Range (internal and external fuel): 1 025.9 nautical miles (1 900 kilometers) (1 180.6 miles)

Timeline

1984 - Date deployed

AH-64D Apache Longbow

Status

In active service

Characteristics

Dimensions
Length: 17.73 meters 58.17 feet
Height: 4.5 meters 13.3 feet
Wing span: 5.23 meters 17.15 feet
Weight
Primary mission gross weight: ~7 270 kilograms 16 027 pounds
Features
Power plant: two General Electric T700-GE-701C turboshaft engines
Vertical rate of climb: 9.2 meters per second (sea level standard day) 1 775 feet per minute (sea level standard day)
Vertical rate of climb: 8.1 meters per second (hot day 2 000 feet - 610 meters, 70°F - 21 °C) 1 595 feet per minute (hot day 2 000 feet - 610 meters, 70°F - 21 °C)
Maximum rate of climb: 13.39 meters per second (sea level standard day) 2 635 feet per minute (sea level standard day)
Maximum rate of climb: 13.21 meters per second (hot day 2 000 feet - 610 meters, 70°F - 21 °C) 2 600 feet per minute (hot day 2 000 feet - 610 meters, 70°F - 21 °C)
Cruise speed: 147 knots (272.24 kilometers per hour (sea level standard day)) (169.16 miles per hour (sea level standard day))
Cruise speed: 149 knots (275.95 kilometers per hour (hot day 2 000 feet - 610 meters, 70°F - 21 °C)) (171.47 miles per hour (hot day 2 000 feet - 610 meters, 70°F - 21 °C))

Timeline

1997 - Date deployed

AH-64E Apache Guardian

AH-64E Apache Guardian Copyright © Capt. Jesse Paulsboe, U.S. Army

Status

In active service

Characteristics

Dimensions
Length (fuselage): 15.6 meters 49.42 feet
Length with rotating rotor: 17.74 meters 58.2 feet
Rotor diameter: 14.63 meters 48 feet
Wing span: 5.23 meters 17.15 feet
Height: 4.65 meters 15.24 feet
Weight
Empty weight: ~5 165 kilograms 11 387 pounds
Primary mission gross weight: ~6 838 kilograms 15 075 pounds
Maximum takeoff weight: ~10 433 kilograms 23 000 pounds
Features
Power plant: two General Electric T700-GE-701D turboshaft engines
Performance: 1 994 shaft horsepower (each engine)
Maximum speed: 158 knots (~293 kilometers per hour) (~182 miles per hour)
Cruise speed: 141 knots (~261 kilometers per hour) (~162 miles per hour)
Service ceiling: ~6 400 meters 21 000 feet
Hover ceiling: ~4 845 meters 15 895 feet
Range: 257 nautical miles (~476 kilometers) (~296 miles)
Rate of climb: 12.7 meters per second 2 500 feet per minute

Timeline

2011 - Date deployed