This is where I will write about helicopters.

AH-64 Apache

The AH-64 Apache is one of the most awesome and best attack helicopters in the world. It is very manoeuvrable, can operate at any time in any weather and can really pack a punch. It is the premier US attack helicopter, as well as in many other countries. It has been used by the US in many conflicts which include the Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq. It was first made in the US, but since then other countries have bought it and some have upgraded it to meet their own needs. The Apache was originally a Hughes Helicopters design, but later McDonnell Douglas purchased Hughes Helicopters and in 1997 McDonnell Douglas merged with Boeing. The latest US variant is the AH-64D Apache Longbow which is produced by Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (Boeing IDS).

US variants: The AH-64A was the first variant. This was upgraded to the AH-64B, which was then upgraded to the AH-64C and then on to the current AH-64D Apache Longbow.

Countries which have AH-64s include: US, UK, Israel, the Netherlands, Greece, Pakistan etc. The UK operates its own version of the Apache Longbow- the Westland WAH-64 Apache. This has the designation of AH Mk1 for the British Army. The UK WAH-64 has many improvements over the US AH-64D, including more powerful engines made by Rolls Royce, folding blades for the Royal Navy and more. The Westland Lynx was replaced by the Apache, which is a shame as the Lynx is the fastest helicopter in the world.

This picture of the AH-64D Apache Longbow comes from http://spaciode.com



2 Responses

  1. this is my fav heli i have loved them since i was 5 =]

  2. u cant have anything that mentions hellis without the apache

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