Boeing AH-64 Apache ⚔️ United States Attack Helicopter [Review]
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Boeing AH-64 Apache ⚔️ United States Attack Helicopter [Review]

September 8, 2019


The Boeing AH-64 Apache is an American four-blade,
twin-turboshaft attack helicopter with a tailwheel-type landing gear arrangement and a tandem cockpit
for a two-man crew. It features a nose-mounted sensor suite for
target acquisition and night vision systems. It is armed with a 30 mm M230 chain gun carried
between the main landing gear, under the aircraft’s forward fuselage. It has four hardpoints mounted on stub-wing
pylons, typically carrying a mixture of AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and Hydra 70 rocket pods. The AH-64 has a large amount of systems redundancy
to improve combat survivability. The AH-64 is adaptable to numerous different
roles within its context as Close Combat Attack. In addition to the 30 mm M230E1 Chain Gun,
the Apache carries a range of external stores and weapons on its stub-wing pylons, typically
a mixture of AGM-114 Hellfire anti-tank missiles, and Hydra 70 general-purpose unguided 70 mm
rockets. One 18-aircraft Apache battalion equipped
with Hellfire missiles is capable of destroying 288 tanks. Since 2005, the Hellfire missile is sometimes
outfitted with a thermobaric warhead; designated AGM-114N, it is intended for use against ground
forces and urban warfare operations. The use of thermobaric “enhanced blast” weapons,
such as the AGM-114N, has been a point of controversy. In October 2015, the U.S. Army ordered its
first batch of Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System guided 70 mm rockets for the Apache. Boeing has suggested that the AH-64 could
be fitted with a directed energy weapon. The company has developed a small laser weapon,
initially designed to engage small UAVs, that uses a high-resolution telescope to direct
a 2-10 kW beam with the diameter of a penny out to a range of 5.4 nmi. On the Apache, the laser could be used to
destroy enemy communications or radio equipment. On 14 July 2016 it was reported that the AH-64
had successfully completed testing of the MBDA Brimstone anti-armor missile. U.S. Apaches served in Operation Enduring
Freedom in Afghanistan from 2001. U.S. AH-64Ds typically flew in Afghanistan
and Iraq without the Longbow Radar in the absence of armored threats. On 21 December 2009, a pair of U.S. Apaches
attacked a British-held base in a friendly fire incident, killing one British soldier. In 2006, Thomas Adams noted that Apaches often
fought in small teams with little autonomy to react to threats and opportunities, requiring
lengthy dialogue with command structures in an effort to centrally micromanage each unit. AH-64D Apache flying over Baghdad, Iraq in
2007, on a reconnaissance mission In 2003, the AH-64 participated in the invasion
of Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. On 24 March 2003, 31 Apaches were damaged,
and one shot down and captured, in an unsuccessful attack on an Iraqi Republican Guard armored
brigade near Karbala. Iraqi tank crews had set up a “flak trap”
among terrain and effectively employed their guns. Iraqi officials claimed a farmer with a Brno
rifle shot down the Apache, but the farmer denied involvement. The helicopter came down intact and both the
pilot and co-pilot were captured. The AH-64D was destroyed via air strike the
following day. By the end of U.S. military operations in
Iraq in December 2011, several Apache helicopters had been shot down by enemy fire, and others
lost in accidents. In 2006, an Apache was downed by a Soviet-made
Strela 2 in Iraq, despite the Apache being typically able to avoid such missiles. In 2007, four Apache helicopters were destroyed
on the ground by insurgent mortar fire using web-published geotagged photographs taken
by soldiers. Several AH-64s were lost to accidents in Afghanistan
as of 2012. Most Apaches that took heavy damage were able
to continue their missions and return safely.

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  1. Apache's track record in combat doesn't seem so stellar. Look like they are being shot down left and right. Looks like the US military need a better helicopter.

  2. seeing the Russian helicopters, this1, the Tiger and the Cobra, it is clear why the Commanche project was cancelled. The Com. simply did not look agressive enough

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