The Apache attack helicopter, named after an American Indian tribe, was developed for the United States Army.
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The attack helicopter was developed for the U.S. Army, for the support of land based military operations, to destroy armored vehicles of the enemy. The most advanced subtypes (AH-64D) also have excellent quality radar equipment. Its most successful deployment was in the first Gulf War (against Iraq). Today more than ten countries have already deployed this type. Besides its many strong points experts often emphasize - as a disadvantage - its difficult maneuverability.
Role: Attack helicopter Manufacturer: Hughes, McDonell Douglas, Boeing Crew: 2 Maiden flight: September 30, 1975 Price: $18 million (1984)
Dimensions Length: 17.7 m (58 ft) Height: 3.87 m (13 ft)
Weight Unladen weight: 5,165 kg (11,390 lb) Weight with full tank: 8,000 kg (17,640 lb) Max. takeoff weight: 9,525 kg (21,000 lb)
Engine Engine: 2 x General Electric T701 free turbine engines Power: 2 x 1,260 kW
Performance Maximum speed: 293 km/h (182 mph) Combat radius: 480 km (298 mi) Range: 1,900 km (1,181 mi) Service ceiling: 6,400 m (20,997 ft) Rete of climb: 12.7 m/s (41.7 ft/s)
The AH-64 Apache attackhelicopter was developed for the U.S. Army. Numerous countries have deployed the aircraft since its first flight in 1975.
The 18-meter-long (58-feet-long), 4-meter-high (13-feet high) attack helicopter is equipped with twin turbine engines with an output of 1,690 hp each; its maximum takeoff weight is 10 tonnes. Besides its long range and high speed, one of the most important features of the helicopter is its outstanding firepower. The aircraft carries anti-tank, air-to-ground and air-to-air missiles, as well as a 30-mm (1.2-in) chain gun. Other important features of Apache helicopters are their sensorand radarsystems. The nose-mounted sensors and the main rotor-mounted radars provide a great deal of effectiveness in combat.
Along with these advantages, the attack helicopter also has a number of disadvantages. In particular, the aircraft’s highly complicated control system, the long time it takes to train the pilots, and its protection against certain weaponry, which has proved to be insufficient on numerous occasions.
Apache helicopters have been deployed in a number of military conflicts all over the world. To this day, they are considered to be one of the best attack helicopters ever made.