US Approves Apache upgrade
- February 22, 2018
The State Department yesterday has approved the remanufacture of 28 Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters to AH-64E Apache Guardian standard, to include engines, targeting, and other systems for an estimated cost of $1.191 billion.
In the context of this Dutch Apache effort, remanufacturing will mean cross-decking those already paid for and expensive items, such as the AN/ASQ-170 Modernized Target Acquisition and Designation Sights (MTADS)/AN/AAR-11 Modernized Pilot Night Vision Sensors (PNVS), that are common to the AH-64D Block 2 and AH-64E standard over from the current airframes onto newly built airframes, while at the same time replacing those items that are not common to the two standards, such as the latest T700-GE-701D engines.
The AH-64E improves on the AH-64D Block 2 in terms of the latest avionics and more powerful engines. The introduction of the new engines means that the mast-mounted sight can now be carried during ‘hot and high’ operations, when previously it had needed to be removed due to weight restrictions.