US AH-64E Apache helicopters to get new turbine engines by 2026
WASHINGTON – The US AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter is expected to receive a new turbine engine in the next five years, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing a statement from the US Department of Defense [DoD].
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According to the announcement, Boeing is starting Phase II to integrate the new turbine engine through a contract worth $ 239.5 million. Development, testing, and evaluation of the capabilities of the new turbine engine will continue in 2022, and according to the terms of the contract, by December 31, 2026, Boeing must complete the integration of the new engine of the helicopter.
The United States began full production of the AH-64E in 2012, ordering more than 600 units of the AH-64D. Later, the military decided to upgrade the AH-64D to the AH-64E version, as well as additional production of 56 AH-64E units, which he remembered in 2020.
Currently, the AH-64E is powered by a T700-GE-701D engine, which has an upgraded front-wheel drive to absorb more power. BulgarianMilitary.com reminds you that in 2019 General Electric, which is a subsidiary of Boeing, received nearly 520 million USD. for the development of new technologies for turbine engines of the AH-64E Apache Guardian. This order is part of Boeing’s current integration of new turbine engines.
The current T700-GE-701D engine is a turboshaft engine. This type of engine is characterized by stable high power, high reliability, small size, and lightweight. A turboshaft engine is a form of gas turbine that is optimized to produce shaft power rather than jet thrust. In concept, turboshaft engines are very similar to turbojets, with additional turbine expansion to extract heat energy from the exhaust and convert it into output shaft power.
The AH-64E Apache Guardian, also known by its old name the AH-64D Block III, has better digital connectivity and collaborative tactical operations than its “colleagues” in the Apache family. The helicopter can fly unmanned aerial vehicles, have full IFR capability, and improved landing gear. Thanks to new rotor blades received in 2004, this helicopter has increased cruising speed, ascent speed, and payload capacity.
The AH-64E operates worldwide. In addition to weapons in the United States, this helicopter is in service in at least 15 other countries, both in Europe and in Asia and Africa.
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