Boeing: the 500th Apache Guardian left our assembly line
WASHINGTON, (BM) – AH-64 helicopter manufacturers boasted of their success. On April 16, the janes.com portal announced that the 500th Apache Guardian had left the assembly line of Boeing, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
The latest modification of the AH-64 helicopter – AH-64E Apache Guardian – has been produced since 2011. The total number of all Apache modifications exceeded 2400 units.
The Boeing indicate that only US Army AH-64 helicopters have flown over 4.5 million hours. Taking into account current orders, the production of these machines will last at least until 2026. For the US Armed Forces and foreign customers, it is planned to assemble 791 AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopters.
The McDonnell Douglas AH-64 Apache attack helicopter was adopted by the U.S. Army in 1984 and received its first baptism of fire during the American invasion of Panama in December 1989. AH-64 is the most widespread attack helicopter in the world.
The armament of the AH-64 Apache helicopter consists of a remotely controlled 30-mm automatic gun M230, as well as guided and unguided missiles. The helicopter is protected by Kevlar armor and polyacrylate armor plates, and therefore has a high survivability.
The machine is able to continue flying even after hitting a 12.7 mm caliber bullet or a 23 mm high-explosive fragmentation shell; all its key systems are duplicated. The crew consists of two pilots, each of which can independently control the helicopter and its weapons.
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