Apache Longbow demonstrates aerobatics at Avalon
15 February 2001http://defence-data.com/storypic/ah64acrobatic.jpg [not image]
The multi-role AH-64D Apache Longbow combat helicopter is in the spotlight this week at Australian International Airshow 2001, performing a series of loops and rolls designed to demonstrate the aircraft's aerobatic prowess.
While Apache Longbow is fully aerobatic, it doesn't need to be. The radar is capable of picking up all ground and airborne targets within an area of more than 50 square kilometres — all with a single scan. And the weapons can be aimed and fired by the crew's simply looking at the target.
The Apache Longbow, produced by The Boeing Company in Mesa, Ariz., is competing for the Australian Army's Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter program, an effort known as Air 87, which will enhance Australian Army and Australian Defence Force capabilities. Boeing says Apache Longbow offers Australia a low- risk, cost-effective and off-the-shelf solution to its defence needs.
The AH-64D Apache Longbow is the newest version of the combat-proven AH-64A Apache. It is a candidate to fulfil the attack helicopter and reconnaissance requirements of numerous armed forces. Defence forces world-wide have selected the Apache Longbow because of its multi-mission effectiveness and its peacetime cost of ownership.
Boeing is producing the combat helicopter for the US Army and defence forces in The Netherlands and the United Kingdom at a rate of more than five helicopters a month. Production will increase to six a month in late 2001 for the US Army and, with international deliveries in progress, exceed six a month overall in 2001.
"Apache is a proven performer,'' said Martin Stieglitz, Apache programme manager. "And the next-generation Apache Longbow — currently in production — features fully integrated avionics and systems and provides a force-multiplier effect, enabling operators to pit fewer Apaches against larger numbers of opponents than would be possible with lesser aircraft.''
Stieglitz added, "Apache has continued to evolve over the years and represents a cost-effective, proven way to meet programme objectives. With its planned upgrades, no one will ever view Apache as 'old technology.' It's on the leading edge now and will be there for decades to come.''
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