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 Longbow attack radar added on top of the rotorhead (increasing its maximum height off the ground to 4.95m from 4.22m of the AH-64A) and improved twin General Electric T700-GE-701C turboshaft engines. US AH-64Ds have either been built new or are AH-64As reworked in an extensive conversion programme due (2003) to complete in 2010. Ordered by armed forces of Netherlands and in Jul 1995 British Government ordered 67 to be assembled by Westland (qv).
Boeing has a diverse supplier base, including taking fuselages for Block III AH-64D Apaches from Korea Aersopace Industries.
US Army Could Select Future Aircraft by 2020, 06-Apr-19 : #FARA The US Army looks to award the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) contract in March 2020. FARA will replace 50% of its aging AH-64 Apache fleet
US Army Selects GE T901 for ITEP Program, 02-Feb-19 : #ITEP US Army elected GE T901-GE-900 engine for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase of the Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP) for a Black Hawk and Apache new engine
Boeing Support for Dutch Apaches and Chinooks, 18-Jul-18 : FIA 2018 Boeing to provide maintenance, services and spare parts to the Royal Netherlands Air Force fleet of 28 AH-64D, 11 CH-47D and 6 CH-47F. RNLAF upgrading to CH-47F and AH-64E
Texas AH-64 Apaches First to Receive Retrofit, 15-Jun-18 : #aircraft Texas Army National Guard’s 1-149th Attack and Reconnaissance Battalion, 36th CAB, AH-64 Apaches are first to implement the redesigned strap pack meganut
Israel’ Orbit to Provide Satcom Terminals, 14-Aug-17 : Orbit Communications Systems received US$3M order for delivery of helicopter satcom systems to an undisclosed air force between 2018 and 2022
Derivatives & Versions
|Westland WAH-64 Apache||1998|| Licence-built version of the AH-64D Apache Longbow for the British Army. Selected in July 1995, contract for 67 helicopters signed in 1996 with t ... |
|Fuji AH-64DJP Apache||2006|
|AH-64E Apache||2011|| The Block III Apache features a 701D engine, composite rotor blades, improved networking and communications avionics, and an Improved Drive Syst ... |