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Boeing AH-64D Apache

Features, Types and Tasks 

The Hughes / McDonnell Douglas / Boeing AH-64 Apache is a twin-turboshaft-engined two-seat multi-role combat helicopter developed and initially produced by the US-American manufacturer Hughes Helicopters, later by McDonnell Douglas Corporation and today by the Boeing Defense, Space & Security Devision.

The AH-64 is adaptable to numerous different roles and has a customizable weapons loadout for the role desired. The advanced detection and navigation equipment, makes it ideally suited to perform reconnaissance missions. The varied armament provides protection to ground forces and transport helicopters. The Apache can also be used to attack a variety of ground targets, including armored vehicles, tanks and command posts.

In addition to the 30-mm M230E1 Chain Gun, the Apache carries a range of external stores on its stub-wing pylons, typically a mixture of AGM-114 Hellfire anti-tank missiles, and Hydra 70 general-purpose unguided 70 mm (2.76 in) rockets.

The apache features multiple systems with built-in redundancy to improve survivability in combat. The airframe includes some 2,500 pounds (1,100 kg) of protection against ballistic strikes. The Apache also utilizes a self-sealing fuel system to protect against the loss of fuel caused by projectiles.

Royal Netherlands Air Force

A competition held in 1994 against the Eurocopter Tiger and the AH-1 SuperCobra led to the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) ordering 30 AH-64D Apaches in 1995. Construction for the order started in December 1997, deliveries began in 1999. The Apaches of the RNLAF are equipped with the Apache Modular Aircraft Survivability Equipment (AMASE) system. The AMASE is an advanced Electronic Warfare self-protection system against Infra-Red (IR) missile threats.

The RNLAF deployed the Apache in several combat zones, the first being in 2001 to Djibouti. Later on the Apache was deployed in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dutch Apache flying over Afghanistan

An AH-64 Apache attack helicopter hovers before takeoff from Balad Air Base, Iraq, Jan. 3, 2008. A 30-mm automatic Boeing M230 chain gun is located under the fuselage, which provides a rate of fire of 625 rounds per minute.

AH-64D Apache - Serial: Q-24 - Unit: 301 Squadron - Operator: Royal Netherlands Air Force
Specifications (defensie.nl AH-64D Apache
Length 15,47 m
Height 3,92 m
Width 5,79
Engines 2 General Electric T700-GE-70IC
Power 4,591 hp per engine
Weight empty / tactical / maximum 5,662 / 9,190 / 10,433 kg
Speed cruise / maximum 222 / 366 km/h
Flight range 460-485 km or circa 2.5 hour depending on the mission; extra 330 km per extra fueltank (maximum 4 extra tanks, only with no armament) or extra 165 km met Robinson internal tank
Manufacturer Boeing
Number 29
In use with Royal Netherlands Air Force
Boeing AH-64 Apache Blueprint

Front side view of Boeing AH-64D Apache with tailnumber Q-25 of the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) at Soesterberg AB on September 17, 2008. The marks of the ISAF-stickers of Q-25's deployment to Afghanistan to take part in the NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) are still visible. Boeing AH-64D Apache c/n DN017 with tailnumber Q-17 of the Royal Netherlands Air Force with the 2011 livery of the Apache Solo Display fires flares during the Open Days of the Dutch Air Force on 17 September 2011 over Leeuwarden air base in The Netherlands (EHLE).
 The Dutch demo helikopter the “HAWK”. For 2011 the Apache demo helicopter received a new design, the prints can be removed quickly, so that the helicopter can be deployed to operational missions when required.  Royal Netherlands Air Force AH-64D at the Farnborough Airshow, 2006