AH-64DApache Attack Helicopter, D version, with Longbow radar improvements
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The US Army plans for all its Apaches to be upgraded to Block III standard, with 1490-kW T700-GE-701D engines, composite rotor blades, fly-by-wire controls and provisions for the AH-64D to control drones.The Block III will be fully compatible with the US Army's Future Combat System.
The modernization of the Dutch AH-64Ds will result not only in increased helicopter capabilities (with the range increased by 150% and a higher-resolution cockpit imagery produced by the new system) but will also reduce maintenance time, increase serviceability, and enable the Netherlands to attain commonality with the US Army AH-64D fleet.
The Army requirement is to field a Longbow crew trainer with each AH-64D equipped unit and four devices at the U.S.
The notional advanced institutional training simulators should be reconfigurable to represent the AH-64A Apache, AH-64D Longbow, UH-60A/L Black Hawk, CH-47D Chinook and OH-58D Kiowa Warrior aircraft initially, and later the RAH-66 Comanche.
Export orders for the AH-64D consist of twelve for Greece (with four on option), nine for Israel (which is also to convert some of its AH-64As to give at least 18 AH-64D 'Sarafs'), 16 for Kuwait (the first of 16 was handed over in August 2005), 30 for the Netherlands, 20 for Singapore and 67 for the United Kingdom (with 1565 kW Rolls-Royce/Turbomeca RTM322 engines).
Its purpose is to sharpen mission-critical skills of AH-64D pilots and co-pilot/gunners.
Under these new awards, valued at over USD1.8m, AAI will deliver an additional ABE AH-64D Apache Depot Boresight System to align various sensor, weapon and sighting systems, as well as an additional ABE AH-64D Apache Maintenance Aircraft Survivability Equipment (AMASE) Boresight Kit for AMASE alignment.
India's defense ministry issued a request for proposals for 22 helicopters last May, and had hoped to evaluate the AgustaWestland AW129, Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow, Bell AH-1Z SuperCobra, Eurocopter Tiger, Kamov Ka-50 and Mil Mi-28.
But nobody loves fried generators on an AH-64D helicopter.
Kuwait's Ministry of Defense has signed a letter of offer and acceptance with the US Department of Defense for the purchase of 16 AH-64D Apache Longbow combat helicopters, finalizing a long-expeted deal.
Boeing's helicopter unit currently is upgrading the CH-47 Chinook and the AH-64D Apache Longbow.