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.
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
Mississippi National Guard First Female Apache Pilot, 16-Oct-16 : Warrant Officer Jessica McCormick is the first female Apache helicopter pilot in the Mississippi Army National Guard
Hawaii 25th CAB Received 24 AH-64D Apaches, 09-Jun-16 : US Army 25th Combat Aviation Brigade received 24 AH-64D Apaches attack helicopters at Wheeler Army Airfield in Hawaii to replace the recently retired OH-58D Kiowa Warriors
Apache Sensor Sustainment Contract, 06-Jan-16 : US Army awarded Lockheed Martin a $31.8 million contract to sustain the AH-64D/E Apache’s Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS)
South Carolina Apache Top Team in Gunfighter Fly-in, 07-Nov-15 : The South Carolina National Guard was the top performing team for the inaugural AH-64D Apache Gunfighter Fly-in helicopter competition
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 ... |