AH-64 development began under Hughes as the Model 77 in 1973. In Jan 1984, McDonnell Douglas aquired Hughes, just before AH-64A deliveries to the US Army began. In 1997, Boeing acquired McDonnell Douglas.
Prototype Hughes YAH-64 first flew 30 Sep 1975 and eventually won a US Army advanced attack helicopter competition. Tandem seat, all weather, day or night anti-tank capable helicopter with several high survivability features built in (eg 30 minutes dry running gearbox - without oil), powered by twin General Electric T700-GE-701 turboshaft engines. AH-64A original production version introduced into service in Apr 1986 at Fort Hood, Texas with US Cavalry units. AH-64B was a proposed advanced cockpit version (abandoned ?). AH-64C, of which two were built in 1994, was essentially an AH-64D (qv) minus the Longbow attack radar. Served with armed forces of Egypt, Greece, Israel, Kuwait, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia and UAE. Some similarity in appearance with Agusta A129 Mangusta and Bell AH-1 Cobra.
Utah Guard aviator First to Reach 10K Hs in Apache, 07-Oct-15 : A Utah National Guard Army aviator was recognized as the senior Apache aviator in the world achieving more than 10,000 flying hours in the AH-64 attack helicopter.
Support contract for Saudi Arabia Apaches, 11-Feb-14 : Orlando, Fla. – Lockheed Martin received a $22 million contract from the U.S. Army to provide Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) Special Repair Activities for the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command’s Apache attack helicopters.
|US Army retires last A model Apache, 17-Jul-12 : By Sofia Bledsoe, Program Executive Office Aviation - REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - It was a proud, historic and emotional moment for the Soldiers of the Texas Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 149th Aviation Regiment (Attack/Reconnaissance) as the last AH-64A Apache helicopter, aircraft 451, was “retired” from the Army and handed over to the Project Office for Apache Helicopters during a ceremony on Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base in Houston, July 15. The event was hosted by the battalion as it was the unit that had the last A-model Apache in its fleet.|
|Egypt to Upgrade 35 Apaches to AH-64D Configuration, 25-Sep-00 : MESA, Ariz. -- The government of Egypt has signed a letter of offer and acceptance with the United States Department of Defense calling for 35 of Egypt's AH-64A Apache helicopters to be remanufactured into the AH-64D configuration.|
Derivatives & Versions
|B AH-64D Apache||1991|| 4 prototype AH-64D Longbow Apaches built in 1992/93, first flew 15 Apr 1992. Updated and improved AH-64 Apache for similar mission, with the Long ... |
Boeing has a diverse supplier base, including taking fuselages for Block III AH-64D Apaches from Korea Aersopace Industries.