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AH-64E Apache Guardian  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): October 2011
Maiden Flight: 11 July 2008
Total Production: 347
Unitary Cost: USD$41 million
Total Cost: USD$15 billion
Also Known As: AB3, AB3A, AB3B, AH-640, AH-64E, Apache AH Mk2 and Block III AH-64D Apache Longbow
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Boeing* and KAI Korea Aerospace Industries (fuselage)   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: AH-64 Apache
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1984
Total Production: 1,608
Family Members: AH-64A Apache, AH-64D Apache and AH-64D Apache Longbow
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Description: The AH-64 Apache is a twin-turbine engine, armored, attack helicopter designed to defeat the most advanced main battle tanks at standoff ranges. It employs a combination of advanced sensors and Hellfire anti-tank missiles (up to 16), as well as a 30mm nose-mounted M230 chain gun (1,200 rounds) and 70mm unguided rockets (up to 76). The Apache is capable of operation at night, in darkness, and in adverse weather, even in presence of obscurants. The M230 chain gun fires M788 30mm target practice rounds and M848 30mm dummy ammunition during training. They were deployed for the first time in Panama during operation Just Cause in 1989 and subsequently in other military campaigns with less impact than during the Gulf War. In 1991 the AH-64As played a vital role destroying Iraqi armored battle tanks stationary and moving. In 2003 during operation Iraqi Freedom they provided close air support to American armored units while they were deploying throughout Iraq. There are three generations or blocks of the Apache attack helicopter: AH-64A Block I in the mid-1980s, AH-64D Block II in the late 1990s and AH-64E Block III in the early 2010s.

Following the RAH-66 Comanche cancellation in February 2004, the US Army selected the Apache as the attack helicopter for the objective force associated with the Future Combat Systems (FCS) program. This decision will keep the Apache Longbow in active service for the next three decades. The next round of Apache enhancements, sometimes referred to as Block III, include a new composite rotor blade, JTRS radio system, improved drive system, and cognitive decision-aiding software. The Block III AH-64D Apache Longbow combat helicopter Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) contract was signed on 28 June 2005 in Washington D.C.; Huntsville, Alabama; and Mesa, Arizona. Follow-on engineering and production contracts were anticipated by the US Army. Production of new Block III Apaches was planned to begin by 2010 when the current Apache models production work was set to expire.

Overall, Block III Apache is a combination of 25 technologies aimed at enhancing crew effectiveness in battle while reducing operations and support costs. Those technologies insertion will provide Network-Centric warfare capabilities in the multi-role combat helicopter for the Army's future force. To enable battlespace dominance, the program will incorporate open systems architecture, wideband network communications, extended range sensing, level IV unmanned aerial vehicle control, extended range fire control radar, extended range missiles, and data fusion to merge off- and on-board sensor imagery. In addition, the Block III Apache Longbow will interface with Stryker Brigade Combat Teams and Future Combat Systems with a fully compatible and rapidly reconfigurable open systems architecture mission processor design. Other key benefits to the US Army include a reduced logistics footprint, and improved readiness and deployability.

In July 2006, the US Army and Boeing signed a $619 million contract covering Block III AH-64D Apache Longbow program System Development and Demonstration (SDD). Under the terms of the SDD contract the US Army will see the first production Block III Apache in 2011. As of December 2013, the US Army's AH-64E program cost is estimated at $15.08 billion. The first Apache Block III, now AH-64E, achieved initial operational capability (IOC) with the US Army in October 2011. The US Army program calls for the procurement of 696 AH-64E aircraft including 639 re-manufactured and 57 new-build. The AH-64E is already a success in the export market with 190 aircraft ordered by several customers in the middle East and Asia.

AH-64E Apache Guardian Specifications

Crew: 2
Main Rotor Blades: 4
Number of Engines: 2
Height: 4.95 meter (16.2 foot)
Length: 17.7 meter (58 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 30 millimeter
Main Rotor Diameter: 14.6 meter (48 foot)
Width: 5.23 meter
Max Range: 483 kilometer (261 nautical mile)
Max Power at TakeOff: 3,780 shp
Top Speed at High Altitude: 74 mps (265 kph)
Flight Endurance: 3 hour (180 minute)
Max Takeoff Weight: 7,530 kilogram (16,601 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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AH-64E Apache Guardian News

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020Boeing Delivers 2,500th AH-64 Apache Helicopter
Thursday, June 25, 2020US Army Awards Contract for Morocco AH-64E Apache Helicopters
Morocco to Get 24 AH-64E Apache Guardian Helicopters by 2024
Thursday, May 7, 2020FMS: Egypt Seeks to Upgrade 43 Apache Helicopters to AH-64E Standard
Thursday, April 30, 2020FMS: Philippines Seeks Six AH-64E Apache Guardian Attack Helicopters
Thursday, April 23, 2020FMS: United Arab Emirates Requests AH-64, UH-60 and CH-47 Helicopters Support
Wednesday, December 18, 2019Boeing to Remanufacture AH-64E Helicopters for the Netherlands, UAE and United Kingdom
Monday, November 25, 2019US Army Awards Contract to Support T700 Engine Through 2024
Thursday, November 21, 2019Netherlands to Upgrade 11 Apache Helicopters to AH-64E Standard by 2025
Wednesday, November 20, 2019FMS: Morocco Requests Sale of 36 AH-64E Helicopters

Operators & Related Equipment

Aircraft (22) worth $1.4 billion ordered in 2010 for the Indian Air Force. The Indian Army will get another 11 aircraft. In August 2017 the Indian Army ordered another six aircraft.
May 20191
Aircraft ordered in June 2020 (24)
Upgaded aircraft (11) from AH-64D models
Sale signed in July 2014 (24 helicopters)
Saudi Arabia70
Foreign military sale announced in October 2010 for 70 Block III AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopters
Contract awarded in November 2010 for 30 AH-64D helicopters in AH-640 aircraft configuration
Dec 20136
United Arab Emirates17
New build (9) plus 8 upgraded AH-64D
United Kingdom50
Aircraft ordered in July 2016 (50) Apache AH Mk2 (upgraded aircraft as well)
United States of America696
US Army plans to remanufacture 639 Apaches at a cost of $18.6 million per aircraft and procure 57 new build aircraft
Apr 2020500
Jul 2016149

Grand Total 1,00511
Cannons & Gear
M230 Chain Gunx1
Defensive Weapons
AGM-114K Hellfire IIx16
AGM-114L Longbow Hellfirex16
AGM-114R Hellfire IIx16
Brimstone 2x16
FIM-92 Stinger-RMPx4
Propulsion Systems
Protection Systems
Sensor Systems
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