AH-64E APACHE | ATTACK HELICOPTER
The AH-64E attack helicopter is the latest version of the AH-64, used by the NH Army. It is also known as Apache Guardian. Apache is equipped with the Longbow fire control radar.
This helicopter is fitted with more powerful General Electric T700-GE-701D engines, developing 1,994 shp instead on the 1,800 shp on the previous versions. Also it has upgraded transmission to coupe with extra power. The AH-64E has new composite rotor blades. These are designed to withstand hits from 23-mm anti-aircraft guns. Maximum speed of this helicopter is up to 300 km/h.
Apache has been redeveloped with new sensors, avionics and has improved night operation capabilities, with a capacity for the gunner to operate a UAV system remotely from their foreward seat.
This attack helicopter is operated by a crew of 2, comprising a pilot and gunner.
There are numerous features to protect the crew and increase survivability of the helicopter. The airframe is designed to withstand hits from guns of up to 12.7-mm caliber. Rotor blades can withstand hits from 23-mm guns. A large flat-plate canopy is fitted with boran armor. Crew members are seated on crash-resistant seats.
The AH-64E has infra-red suppressing exhaust system and is equipped with chaff and flare dispensers. Both of these features combined reduce the chance of being hit by enemy air defense missiles.
Both crew members use various sophisticated sensors and systems for the detection and attack of targets. Their helmets have an integrated helmet sighting system tracking head and eye movements.
The AH-64E comes with a 30-mm M230 cannon with 1 200 rounds of ammunition. It has 4 hardpoint on stub wings and can carry various missiles. Armament is being tailored, depending on mission requirements. The AH-64E can carry up to 16 anti-tank guided missiles, up to two short range air to air missiles, and a variety of other munitions. The gunship is often equipped with 19-shot Hydra 70 unoperated rocket pods. It can carry up to 4 of these pods.
This attack helicopter might be fitted with a Longbow fire control radar, which is also used on the previous AH-64D variant. It gives the capability to fire Brimstone anti-tank guided missiles in fire-and-forget mode. The radar can detect, classify and prioritise 12 targets simultaneously, and can see through the fog and smoke, and other adverse weather conditions.