In March 2016 Boeing Co. announced that they struck a deal worth $922.6 million with the United States Army. Boeing will provide 117 remanufactured AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters.
The Boeing AH-64 Apache was first produced in January 1984 and has gone through rigorous testing and modifications throughout its production. This new remanufactured attack helicopter consists of four-blade main rotor and a four-blade tail rotor, which is powered by two General Electric T700 turboshaft engines.
The AH-64E Apache consists of integrated avionics and weapons, allowing for maximum usage of this multirole combat helicopter. The greatest feature is its advanced digital communication system; that allows secure, real-time transfer of information between air and ground forces.
Boeing officials state that
“The AH-64E Apache is being delivered to the U.S. Army and has been selected by several international defense forces.“
They also state that the improved AH-64E can detect objects, moving or stationary without being detected itself. Also, it bird can classify and prioritize possible threats of up to 128 targets in less than a minute.
The AH-64E Apache also went Lockheed Martin to upgrade the laser targeting for the attack helicopter. Lockheed Martin Apache Arrowhead Modernized Target Acquisition Design Sight (M-TADS) and Pilot Night Vision Sensors (PNVS) systems were installed on all 117 AH-64E helicopters.
The U.S. Army has used the Boeing AH-64 Apache in the Gulf Wars in 1991, Afghanistan and Iraq wars in 2001, and is continuing its use in missions in Operation Inherent Resolve against Islamic State ground forces. With these significant upgrades from Boeing and Lockheed, the AH 64E Apache will be a sure force to be reckoned with.
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