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British Army’s Latest Attack Helicopter: AH-64E Guardian

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British Army inducted AH-64E attack helicopters in 2022. The AH-64E Apache attack helicopter, built to locate and destroy air defense units, tanks, and armored vehicles, is also useful for a variety of other combat missions, including, Intelligence, Surveillance Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR), Escort/Force Protection, and Command and Control (C2).

Radars & Sensors:

The AH-64E Apache can identify and categorize up to 256 potential targets using the distinctive AN/APG-78 Longbow radar, show 128 of them to the crew, and prioritize the top 16 threats, all in a matter of seconds. The helicopter also has optical and thermal imaging sights that are deployed to visually identify potential targets and pilot the aircraft at night and in low visibility conditions. The Apache is equipped with a cutting-edge, completely integrated defensive aid suite to safeguard the helicopter and crew, increasing its survivability.

The firepower of AH-64E Apache: 

It is equipped with a variety of weaponry, including a 30mm chain gun, 70mm rockets, and Hellfire missiles, to give the commander options and mission flexibility.

  • 16 HELLFIRE missiles
  • 76 2.75-inch rockets
  • 1,200 30 mm chain gun rounds

Technical Specifications:

  • Height: 4.9 meters
  • Lenght: 17.57 meters
  • Main rotor diameters: 14.67 meters
  • Maximum Weight: 7746 kilograms
  • Maximum Speed: 330 KPH
  • Engines: 2 General Electric T700-GE-701D Turboshafts

AH-64E Apache Helicopte

In order to fulfil the requirements of the Future Soldier programme, the British Army has purchased 50 AH-64E Version 6 attack helicopters. The Apache Mk.1, which entered service in 2001, is replaced by the AH-64E.

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