AH-64D Apache Longbow Attack Helicopter
The Apache Longbow is an improved and upgraded version of the AH-64A. With increased survivability, better bad-weather performance, avionics and weapons, the Longbow is the most sophisitcated attack helicopter in service.
The most striking difference in appearance of the Longbow is the radar dome atop the main rotors. The fire control radar can locate, classify and prioritise more than 128 targets, in all weathers. The radar selects targets for the AGM-114D Longbow missiles which can be fired in full 'fire-and-forget' mode up to ranges of 12km.
A major advantage of the Longbow radar being situated above the rotors is that it allows the Apache AH-64D to stay masked behind terrain as it aquires and engages targets. The A model Apache had to either pop up fully to scan the battlefield, leaving it exposed, or rely on target data from other sources such as OH-58D Kiowa scout helicopters.
The Longbow project was initiated following lessons learnt during Desert Storm, 1991. The Longbow Apache variant entered into service in the US military in October 1997.
A british variant, the WAH-64 LONGBOW APACHE
entered into service with the UK Airmy Air Corps in July 2004 and has since seen action in Afghanistan.
AH-64D Apache Longbow Specifications
The Apache Longbow is named after the millimeter-wave radar atop the rotor mast. The Longbow radar can see through fog, smoke and rain to aquire a clear 360 degree electronic picture of the battlefield.
AH-64D LONGBOW FEATURES
AH64-D Apache Longbow during flight testing at Boeing testing ground.
DOD photo by : MSGT LANCE CHEUNG, USAF
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