The latest delivery of an E-model Apache tailored to US Army specifications marks a milestone for both the company and the program – the 2,500th Apache produced and distributed for service.
When the first AH-64 (A-model) was delivered by Boeing heritage company McDonnell Douglas in January 1984, the production line served just the US Army.
Today, the helicopters are sold and delivered to a growing list of customers around the world, including 15 national defence forces.
“The Apache has built an impressive legacy of success, and is well-positioned to bring relevant technologies and capabilities that defence forces require today and in the future,” said Kathleen Jolivette, vice president of attack helicopter programs and senior Mesa site executive.
“Company teammates and suppliers worldwide are focused on assembling, delivering and supporting US and global customers working to deter aggression and defend freedom. Apache is ready to have a key role in the future of multi-domain operations.”
The AH-64E features includes a new, faster multi-core mission processor for advanced systems integration, as well as maritime capability in the Fire Control Radar for watercraft detection and identification.
The helicopter’s improved drive system includes a split-torque face gear transmission, a 701D engine and composite main rotor blades that ensure the Apache succeeds as a highly stable aerial weapons-delivery platform.
“As a former Army aviator with military service dating back to October 1978 and later selected to fly the first AH-64A and later the AH-64D model Apaches, it’s a thrill today to be a part of the crews who complete flight testing on aircraft during development and prior to delivery to customers,” said Dave Guthrie, Boeing’s chief pilot for Apache programs. “I know that I’m part of this helicopter’s history and its future.”