SP's Aviation - - MILITARY | APACHE -


The pro­to­type Apache made its first flight in 1975 as the YAH-64, and in 1976, Hughes re­ceived a full-scale devel­op­ment con­tract.


In 1982, the US Army ap­proved the pro­gramme, now known as AH-64A Apache, for pro­duc­tion. De­liv­er­ies be­gan in 1984 — the year Hughes Heli­copters be­came part of McDon­nell Dou­glas.


The AH-64D Apache Long­bow, which first flew as a pro­to­type on May 14, 1992, pro­vided a quan­tum leap in ca­pa­bil­ity over the AH-64A.


US Army ac­cepted the first ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy Boe­ing AH-64D Apache Long­bow, re­ferred to as Block II.


Boe­ing de­liv­ered the first AH-64D Apache Block III mul­ti­role at­tack he­li­copter to the US Army. Block III brought su­pe­rior flight per­for­mance and in­creased net­worked com­mu­ni­ca­tions ca­pa­bil­i­ties. The AH-64D Apache Block III was re­named the AH-64E Apache ‘Guardian’ in 2012.


In 2012, Boe­ing also re­ceived all-new fuse­lages for the first AH-64E heli­copters, in­cor­po­rat­ing a va­ri­ety of small but im­por­tant mod­i­fi­ca­tions to ac­com­mo­date AH-64E con­fig­u­ra­tion changes. More than 100 AH64Es had been pro­duced as of Oc­to­ber 2014.

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