US Army Apache helicopters achieve 5 million flight hours

Six US Army Apache helicopters fly two abreast.
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Boeing and the AH-64 team are observing a unique milestone as the U.S. Army’s AH-64 Apache attack helicopters have officially reached five million flight hours.

5 million flight hours

The accomplishment is equivalent to flying nonstop for more than 208,333 days or 570 years and nine months. Additionally, 1.3 million of those five million flight hours were accomplished during combat.

“With more than five million flight hours, the Apache continues to be reliable, versatile and lethal,” said Katie Yursky, interim vice president of Attack Helicopter Programs and senior Mesa site executive.

“Congratulations to the U.S. Army and its Apache aviators on reaching this incredible milestone. Every hour counts, and we look forward to supporting our soldiers on their next milestone and beyond.”

Since 1984 when the first AH-64 took flight, the U.S. Army has operated A, D and E-model Apaches. The U.S. Army currently operates D-model Apaches in addition to the AH-64E Apache.

“It is such a great privilege and an honor to be a part of the Apache program,” Col. John (Jay) Maher, U.S Army Apache Project Manager, said.

“The five million flight hours milestone is a testament to the reliability and availability of the Apache in some of the world’s most demanding conditions. Supporting the Soldiers who fly and maintain the Apache is priority one.”

Boeing is upgrading the E-model to Version 6.5, which will include updated software, and integrating the Army’s new improved turbine engine.

Additionally, the company announced the Modernized Apache in October 2022, a Boeing concept aligned with the U.S. Army’s future modernization efforts, keeping the AH-64 a relevant, multi-domain lethal combat-multiplier for U.S. warfighters and international customers.

About the Apache AH-64

The Apache AH-64 is a twin-turboshaft attack helicopter that was designed and manufactured by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) in the United States.

It is primarily used by the United States Army, but it is also in service with many other countries around the world.

The Apache is armed with a variety of weapons, including a 30mm M230 chain gun, as well as AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, Hydra 70 rockets, and AIM-92 Stinger missiles.

It has a crew of two, a pilot and a gunner, and is powered by two General Electric T700 turboshaft engines.

The Apache was first introduced in the 1980s and has since undergone a number of upgrades and improvements.

It has been used in many conflicts around the world, including the Gulf War, the Iraq War, and the War in Afghanistan.

One of the key features of the Apache is its ability to operate at night and in adverse weather conditions, thanks to its advanced avionics and targeting systems.

The helicopter also has a low radar signature, which helps to reduce its visibility to enemy radar.

Overall, the Apache AH-64 is a highly capable attack helicopter that has proven its effectiveness in a variety of combat situations.

Built by Boeing in Mesa, Ariz., the AH-64 is the attack aircraft of choice for 19 defense forces around the globe, with additional international interest.

In September 2022, Poland announced the selection of Boeing’s AH-64E Apache for the Polish Armed Forces’ new attack helicopter fleet.

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