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Hughes AH-64D

Hughes AH-64D
Hughes AH-64D

The Boeing AH-64 Apache () is an American twin-turboshaft attack helicopter with a tailwheel-type landing gear arrangement and a tandem cockpit for a crew of two. It comes with a nose-mounted sensor suite for target acquisition and night vision systems. It's armed with a 30 mm (1.18 in) M230 chain gun carried between the primary landing gear, under the aircraft's forward fuselage, and four hardpoints mounted on stub-wing pylons for carrying armament and stores, typically a combination of AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and Hydra 70 rocket pods. The AH-64 has significant systems redundancy to enhance combat survivability. The Apache started as the Model 77 developed by Hughes Helicopters for the United States Army's Advanced Attack Helicopter program to replace the AH-1 Cobra. The prototype YAH-64 was first flown on 30 September 1975. The U.S. Army selected the YAH-64 within the Bell YAH-63 in 1976, and later approved full production in 1982. After buying Hughes Helicopters in 1984, McDonnell Douglas continued AH-64 creation and development. The helicopter has been introduced to U.S. Army service in April 1986. The advanced AH-64D Apache Longbow was delivered to the Army in March 1997. Production has been continued by Boeing Defense, Space & Security, with over 2,400 AH-64s being produced by 2020. The U.S. Army is the primary operator of this AH-64. It's also become the main attack helicopter of multiple nations, including Greece, Japan, Israel, the Netherlands, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates. It has been built under license in the United Kingdom as the AgustaWestland Apache. American AH-64s have served in conflicts in Panama, the Persian Gulf, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Israel used the Apache in its own military conflicts in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip. British and Dutch Apaches have observed deployments in wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Source: Wikipedia