AH-64 Apache helicopter

AH-64 Apache

The AH-64 Apache is the most advanced multi-role combat helicopter for the U.S. Army and a growing number of international defense forces.

An Advanced Multi-role Helicopter

The AH-64 Apache is the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopter and is used by the U.S. Army and a growing number of international defense forces. Boeing has delivered more than 2,100 Apaches to customers around the world since the aircraft entered production. The U.S. Army Apache fleet has accumulated (as of Jan 2015) more than 3.9 million flight hours since the first AH-64A was delivered to the U.S. Army in 1984.

AH-64 Apache Milestones

AH-64E Apache Technical Specifications

Length58.17 ft (17.73 m)
Height 15.24 ft (4.64 m)
Wing Span 17.15 ft (5.227 m)
Primary Mission Gross Weight15,075 lb (6,838 kg)
Vertical Rate of Climb More than 2,000 ft per minute
Maximum Rate of ClimbMore than 2,800 ft per minute
Maximum Level Flight SpeedMore than 150 knots (279 kilometers per hour)

Feature Stories

U.S. and Japanese Apaches score direct hit

U.S. and Japanese Apaches score direct hit

October 2, 2013 in Defense

For the first time ever, U.S. and Japanese Apache helicopters teamed up to launch Hellfire missiles during a live-fire test, and the result was perfection.

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Apache helicopters roar ahead

Apache helicopters roar ahead

June 3, 2013 in Defense

Boeing teammates who build the Apache offer insight into what it means to them and to those whose lives depend on it.

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The New Apache:  A Soldier's Guardian

The New Apache: A Soldier's Guardian

April 3, 2013 in Innovation, Defense

Boeing adds control of unmanned aircraft to the Apache helicopter's impressive capabilities.

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AH-64 Apache Customers

Boeing delivered the first U.S. Army Apache AH-64A in January 1984. Since then, the U.S. Army and other nations have received more than 2,100 of the aircraft. Boeing’s international customers include Egypt, Greece, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

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    Saudi Arabia

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    United Arab Emirates

  • United Kingdom flag

    United Kingdom

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    United States

AH-64 Apache Quick Facts

Boeing produced 937 AH-64A Apaches between 1984 and 1997. Some remain in service today, and have:

  • Two high-performance turboshaft engines and maximum cruise speed of 284 kph
  • Laser, infrared, and other systems (including target acquisition designation sight/pilot night vision sensor) to locate, track, and attack targets
  • A combination of laser-guided precision Hellfire missiles, 70mm rockets, and a 30mm automatic cannon with up to 1,200 high-explosive, dual-purpose ammunition rounds

Boeing’s AH-64D Apache and the AH-64D Apache Longbow have numerous enhancements, including:

  • Longer-range weapons accuracy and all-weather/night fighting
  • Detection of objects (moving or stationary) without being detected
  • Classification and threat-prioritization of up to 128 targets in less than a minute
  • Integrated sensors, networking, and digital communications for situational awareness, management of the combat arena in real time, and digital transmission of images and target locations to joint operations battlefield commanders