Copa Boeing aircraft manufacturing concern gave the U.S. Army first 28 of 51 new helicopters AH-64E Apache first small-scale party, reports Flightglobal. With all of this command of the U.S. Army has equipped the new helicopters, one of the pieces. In total, the Group should put South American Boeing 634 military attack helicopters AH-64E.
It is expected that during 2013 Boeing open a large-scale mass production, during which a manufactured Apache will make additional improvements. Namely, the batch of helicopters Lot 4 — Lot 6 will receive a new diagnostic system can reduce the service time of helicopters. In addition, Apache will receive communications standard Link 16.
Boeing also plans to introduce a number of configurations in the APG-78 radar Longbow, developed by Northrop Grumman. This radar mounted on a mast above the propeller bearing, get a huge range of target detection, also search for surface targets. In the future AH-64E already planned to put radar with active phased array antenna.
Small-scale creation of AH-64E began in April 2011, and the first helicopter was transferred to the military in November. Until October 2012 the index had improved Apache AH-64D Block III, but the command of the U.S. Army decided that the car should get a new designation, as in the modernization process endured a number of significant configurations.
AH-64E received rotor blades made of composite materials, the latest flight control system with redundant communication channels, also refreshed equipment for operations at night. The helicopter is also capable of controlling multiple unmanned aircraft. AH-64E can reach speeds up to 300 km per hour, and its flight range is about 2-thousand kilometers.