What is Apache AH-64E?
The Boeing manufactured Apache 64E is a twin-engine, tandem-seat helicopter designed to accomplish a variety of operations at day or night, in a range of climactic conditions.
Primarily designed to find and destroy air defence units, tanks and armoured vehicles, it is armed with a 30mm automatic cannon, wing-mounted 70mm Hydra rockets and Hellfire missiles.
The AH-64E flies faster, has a greater capability and range than the Mk1, which has been in service with the British Army since 2001 and proved itself in conflicts in Libya and Afghanistan. It also has improved sights and sensors, allowing targets to be accurately identified and engaged at greater ranges.
It is capable of Intelligence, Surveillance Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR), escort/force protection and Command and Control (C2). Using the distinctive Longbow radar above the main rotor blades, the Apache 64E can detect and classify up to 256 potential targets, display 128 of these to the crew and prioritise the top 16 threats, all in a matter of seconds.
It is also equipped with optical and thermal imaging sights that are used to identify potential targets and pilot the aircraft at night and in low visibility conditions. Range and endurance can be increased using wing-mounted fuel tanks and the new Apache will have a fully integrated Defensive Aid Suite to protect the aircraft and two crew.