The Boeing AH-64 Apache is a four-blade, twin-engine attack helicopter. In service since 1986, the AH-64 Apache features a nose-mounted sensor suite for target acquisition, as well as night vision systems. It boasts a 30-millimeter M230 Chain Gun and carries a mixture of AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and Hydra 70 rocket pods.
The crew sits in tandem, with the pilot sitting behind and above the copilot/gunner. The crew compartment has shielding between the cockpits, such that one crew member can survive hits. The aircraft is designed to withstand 23-millimeter rounds and incorporates a self-sealing fuel system to protect against the loss of fuel resulting from ballistic projectiles.
The Apache is powered by two T700 turbo-shaft engines with high-mounted exhausts on both sides. It also has a helmet mounted display, which allows the gunner to slave the M230 Chain Gun to his head, making the gun track head movements to point where he looks. Alternatively, the weapons can be changed out to customize the helicopter to meet mission needs.
The US Army has been utilizing this aircraft for over two decades and it has proven to be instrumental to our success during times of conflict. Many other nations have adopted the Apache as their attack helicopters, making it one of the most popular and appreciated helicopters on the market.
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