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Apache attack helicopter

Designed to hunt and destroy tanks, the Apache attack helicopter has significantly improved the Army's operational capability.

The Apache attack helicopter can operate in all weathers, day or night and detect, classify and prioritise up to 256 potential targets in a matter of seconds. It carries a mix of weapons including rockets, Hellfire missiles and a 30mm chain gun, as well as a state of the art fully integrated defensive aid suite.

In addition to the distinctive Longbow radar located above the rotor blades, this aircraft is equipped with a day TV system, thermal imaging sight and direct view optics.

In service date 2001
Maximum mass 7,746kg (all up)
Engines 2 x 850shp Rolls Royce RTM-322
Crew 2
Length 17.57m
Main rotor diameter 14.63m
Height 4.9m
Maximum speed 330kph
Range 475km
Armament 16 x Hellfire missiles, 76 x 2.75 CRV-7 rockets, 1,200 x 30mm cannon rounds, 4 x air-to-air missiles
Manufacturer Leonardo Helicopters

Apache AH64E

The latest fleet of Apaches flown by Army Air Corps pilots from the Joint Helicopter Command, are more advanced and more capable than the previous model which will provide the Army with a continuous edge over any future adversaries.

The new AH64E model of the helicopter can also carry more weapons while being more fuel efficient, allowing the Apache to operate in more demanding conditions for longer durations.

The new helicopter’s improved computing capacity and updated sensors means the new fleet will also be receptive to upgrades in the future, ensuring it remains at the cutting-edge of technology.

The first UK helicopters are due off the US production line in early 2020 and will begin entering service with the British Army in 2022.

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