A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Defense released a message saying that Boeing had received an AH-64 Apache attack helicopter contract.
For the needs of the US Army, the contractor, Boeing, is to supply 35 helicopters of the latest modification in the amount of $ 591 million.
Boeing AH-64 Apache is a four-bladed attack helicopter, equipped with wheeled landing gear and having a crew of 2 pilots.
Helicopters are equipped with a 30 mm M230 Chain Gun with 1,200 rounds of ammunition located under the main chassis, under the front of the helicopter fuselage. For the deployment of weapons, 4 external suspension units were installed, where, as a rule, AGM-114 Hellfire and Hydra 70 missile launchers are mounted. To increase survivability, the helicopter is equipped with additional backup systems for the main operations duplication during the flight.
The AH-64 Apache model replaced the AH-1 Cobra combat helicopter. The latest modification of the helicopter is made at the Boeing Defense factories from 1997 to the present. In total, more than 2,000 aircraft were produced.
In the US Army, the helicopter is the main combat vehicle and is also used by the armed forces of Greece, Japan, Israel, the Netherlands, and Singapore. Licensed in the UK under the name Agusta Westland Apache.
The first samples of the Apache helicopter entered the army in 1981. After rigorous field tests and military operations, they were approved for mass delivery to US Army units. In the course of transformations at Boeing and improvements to the project since 1997, Apache has been manufactured at the company’s factories.
During the modernization of the helicopter, Apache modifications were produced: AH-64A, AH-64A + / D, AH-64E, WAH-64D.
The AH-64 Apache has four main rotor blades and four tail rotor blades. The crew in the helicopter’s cabin is located in tandem: the gunner sits in front and the pilot on the dais. Helicopters have a propulsion system consisting of two GE T700 turboshaft engines with a power (depending on the version) of 1696 – 2100 hp. One of the features of the Apache helicopter was the use of an integrated helmet with a display of aiming systems (IHADSS). The helmet allowed the pilot to control the guidance of an automatic gun with firing aimed shots at the enemy.
AH-64 is designed to perform combat missions around the clock under adverse conditions through the use of night vision systems.
- Crew – 2 people;
- Weight (empty) – 5165 kg;
- Weight (equipped) – 8000 kg;
- Maximum take-off weight – 10433 kg;
- Power plant – 2 turboshaft engines GE T700-GE-
- Maximum speed – 293 km / h;
- Cruising speed – 265 km / h;
- Combat radius – 476 km and 295 min;
- Maximum lifting height – 6400 m (with minimum load);
- Armament: 1x3ohm M230 Chain Gun with an ammunition load of 1200 rounds,
- Hydra rockets 70 -70 mm and CRV 70 – 70 mm, air-ground, AGM-114 Hellfire.
The helicopter continues to enter the arsenal of the US Army and its allies, is undergoing continuous modernization and rearmament.