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AH-64 Apache

The world’s most advanced, proven attack helicopter for the U.S. Army and a growing number of international defense forces

Combat Proven. Battle Tested.

From the AH-64A in 1984 to today’s AH-64E, one thing about the Apache hasn’t changed: its reputation as the world’s most advanced and proven attack helicopter.

With more than 1,280 aircraft in operation accumulating over five million flight hours, 1.3 million of which have been in combat, the AH-64 Apache represents the backbone of the U.S. Army’s attack helicopter fleet and a growing number of international defense forces.

With the AH-64E in production until at least 2028, the Apache will serve the U.S. Army and its partner nations as the world’s primary attack helicopter into the 2060s. As Boeing and the U.S. Army continue to invest in next generation technologies, the Apache brings affordable Modular Open Systems Architecture capability to serve as a centerpiece in the Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) battlefield for decades to come.

MDO Ready – Today.

The AH-64E is the most modern configuration of the Apache and is ready for the MDO battlefield. A network-centric, fully integrated weapon system specifically built to dominate in highly contested and complex battle space, the AH-64E Version 6, or v6, Apache includes multiple enhancements to the aircraft’s sensors, software and weapons performance.

Designed for interoperability within the MDO ecosystem AH-64E v6 is a lethal, survivable and agile system providing the reach, maneuverability and performance needed by ground forces and contributes to current and future joint mission success.

By providing and integrating advanced capabilities through a layered effect of on board and off board sensors, stand-off long range weapons and the connectivity required to use all the tools the ecosystem can bring, Boeing’s AH-64E v6 is a fully integrated, optimized for battle attack helicopter that is truly in a class by itself.

The Next Generation: Modernized Apache

The Modernized Apache builds on the mature, combat-proven AH-64 platform and combines it with the convergence of cutting-edge attack helicopter technologies to deliver greater reach, survivability and lethality. It represents the most affordable, achievable, low-risk attack helicopter for MDO decision dominance.

  • Dominant Multi-Role Attack Capabilities
    Modernized Apache’s reach, endurance and payload will complement and interoperate with current and future platforms in all domains and environments.

  • Low-Cost, Low-Risk, Speed to Fleet
    Building on the AH-64E v6, Boeing can leverage active production lines, engineering resources, training processes and logistics infrastructure to rapidly and affordably deliver the Modernized Apache.

  • MOSA-Enabled Future Growth
    A Modular Open System Architecture (MOSA) approach to mission computing and systems delivers never-before seen agility and speed in integrating new technologies and capabilities, ensuring unmatched lethality, networking and survivability to stay ahead of emerging and evolving threats.

An Affordable, Sustainable Life Cycle Solution

Optimizing readiness for Apache fleets around the globe is one of Boeing’s primary missions. From Performance-Based Logistics (PBL) and integrated fleet support to modifications, repairs and training, Boeing provides a broad spectrum of innovative products and services which directly support and enhance capabilities while reducing the total cost of ownership. Boeing’s award-winning services range from transactional spares to complete lifecycle support solutions that are uniquely tailored to the requirements of each AH-64 Apache customer.

Collaboration is key to Boeing’s success around the world, and our commitment to in-country partnerships is a major focus for Boeing in its second century. We are investing in talent, training and skill development now and for the future, ensuring that workers are ready to deliver world-class quality. For example, Boeing’s joint venture facility in Hyderabad with Tata Advanced Systems is delivering Apache attack helicopter fuselages for our global customers at a steady pace.

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 2,700 AH-64 Apache attack helicopters. Boeing’s global customers for the Apache include Egypt, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

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AH-64 Apache Milestones

Feature Stories

Boeing, U.S. Army Apaches Achieve 5 Million Flight Hours

Boeing, U.S. Army Apaches Achieve 5 Million Flight Hours

March 2, 2023 in Defense

Five million hours equates to flying an AH-64 nonstop for more than 208,333 days. The Apache continues to prove its reliability and versatility with worldwide customers.

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Boeing Delivers First Upgraded AH-64E Apache to Royal Netherlands Air Force

October 25, 2022 in Defense

Twenty-eight AH-64 D-model Apaches will be upgraded with multiple enhancements to the aircraft’s sensors, software and weapons performance.

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Computer rendering of the coaxial helicopter DEFIANT X in level flight.

Ready for today, modernizing for the future

October 11, 2022 in Defense

Boeing's innovative solutions help the U.S. maintain global dominance by deterring and defeating the threats of today — for the sake of tomorrow.

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Modernized Apache

The next evolution of Apache

October 10, 2022 in Defense

For more than 35 years, the AH-64 Apache has defended freedom, kept the peace and helped ensure mission success for Soldiers in every corner of the globe.

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1st AH-64E helicopters arrive for National Guard

1st AH-64E helicopters arrive for National Guard

April 12, 2022 in Defense

The first Boeing AH-64E Version 6, or v6, Apache helicopters have been delivered to the South Carolina National Guard.

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1st upgraded Apaches arrive for US troops overseas

1st upgraded Apaches arrive for US troops overseas

March 14, 2022 in Defense

Boeing delivers two dozen AH-64E Version 6 Apache helicopters to U.S. forces at Camp Humphreys, South Korea.

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Future systems architecture will enable faster integration, fielding of advanced capabilities for the attack helicopter.

Boeing demos MOSA progress on Apache

March 8, 2022 in Defense

Future systems architecture will enable faster integration, fielding of advanced capabilities for the attack helicopter.

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AH-64E version 6 (V6) Apaches depart Boeing’s Mesa facility to join the 1-229th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The World’s Most Advanced Attack Helicopter Just Got Even More Advanced

February 18, 2021 in Defense

Boeing delivers the AH-64E Version 6 Apache to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

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AH-64E Apache Technical Specifications

Standard Crew 2
Length 48.16 ft. (14.68 m)
Height 15.49 ft. (4.72 m)
Rotor Diameter 48 ft. (14.63 m)
Primary Mission Gross Weight 15,075 lb. (6,838 kg)
Maximum Operating Weight 23,000 lb. (10,432 kg)
Maximum Rate of Climb 2,800+ ft. (853+ m) per minute
Maximum Level Flight Speed 150+ knots (279+ kph)
Service Ceiling 20,000 ft. (6,096 m)
Ordnance 16 HELLFIRE missiles; 76 2.75-inch rockets and 1,200 30 mm chain gun rounds
Rate of Fire 600-650 rounds per minute

AH-64 Apache Quick Facts

Total U.S. Army Apache (A- to E-model) flight hours: more than 5 million

Total U.S. Army Apache (A- to E-model) combat hours: more than 1.3 million

The AH-64E Apache is the most advanced multi-role combat helicopter for the U.S. Army and a growing number of global defense forces. As of April 1, 2023, more than 730 E-model Apaches have been delivered worldwide. The AH-64E features:

  • Advanced digital connectivity
  • Joint Tactical Information Distribution System
  • More powerful T700-GE-701D engines with upgraded face gear transmission to accommodate more power
  • Capability to control unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)
  • New composite main rotor blade

Boeing delivered AH-64D Apaches between 1997 and 2013. The D-model Apaches continue to operate around the world, featuring these enhancements:

  • 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

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