Monthly Archives: July 2011

AH-64 D “long bow apachean” attack helicopter control “little bird”

In February 2006, Boeing successful test by AH-the 64 D “long bow apachean” attack helicopter control “little bird” (no ULB) the UAV carrying on the weapon’s flight test (above). This experiment a helicopter control a a drone sensors, and use the launch of the weapon’s power. As AMUST-D test enginery, AH-64 D in trials to stay in the ground, command and control thousands of meters outside the DuoZhong ULB carrying load. This machine of the original serial two-seat cockpit before hardware change, but is equipped with new development of the UAV weapon display a page and the tactics of communications company L3 general data chain (TCDL), and through them to transmit the ULB hktria AGM “method” haier empty-missiles fired order instructions. Boeing “ghost factory” Phantom Works () of the the test for the application of the army of the council is technology a weapon development project provides support. The project is the use of ULB as use the concept of laser-guided munitions verifying test platform. ULB is A/MH-6 “little bird” of unmanned helicopter retrofit, has set up A file in the last successful demonstrates executive communication and the designated to recharge, forwarding monitoring and weapons, and the ability of project task in the army is located in Arizona especially shooting range, demonstrates the horse in the ground under the control of the operator, the goal of positioning and launch A medal “haier” method of missile attack combat idea. Not long ago, the AMUST-D project in Arizona HuaChu at Fort Huachuca (card) completed the first phase test, realize the AH-64 through the TCDL to 1 frame “hunter” UAV to rank 4 control (sensors and flight path control). The project of the other technological verification later this year through the “hunters to play” the working group (HKST) advanced concept ACTD technology demonstration project ().

In April, 2006, Boeing AH-64 D “long bow apachean” project will begin to batch II extends (Extended) project which II and III project batch. The army “apachean” project director Derek Paquette captain says, increase manufacturing to 96 a batch II configuration “long bow” batch II extend apachean project have already been started, this group of helicopters in the 2008 to 2010 years after delivery, will produce batches next generation III “long bow apachean”. Army training and teaching command system, said Mark Hayes colonel charge to the first weekend in May, will get JROC (joint needs supervision committee) to batch III “apachean” demand for approval. Paquette says, has signed a new contract, its 13 funds included in the supplemental appropriations for last year. Next month will sign 3 plane contract. This year’s supplemental appropriations for and include in the capital, new 16 aircraft, there will be a total of 32 new system “apachean” helicopter. Paquette is expected to get additional seven frame next year will be the new capital, will make the total to new frame. 39 New aircraft fleet will join after improve the capabilities of the army. Paquette says, since “lasting freedom” action and “operation Iraqi freedom” start, the army lost value about equal to construct two camp, but not all of the helicopter is combat consumption. The army of the latest “apachean” helicopter was made in 1994 at the end of A batch of type A machine, now there will be new aircraft added army. Boeing “apachean” project manager Winn says, Boeing can Al in 60 days on the production of “restructuring” apachean, with 15 helicopters contract can begin production. Paquette expected, “apachean” helicopters to abramoff tank with military equipment and service as a period of time. He says may let batch III saw service until 2040. In addition Paquette says, “apachean” helicopter in Iraq and Afghanistan has been finished the 250000 flight hours fighting. Iraq completed 200000 flight hours to complete 50000 flight hours, Afghanistan, the combat readiness of the helicopter is more than 85%.

AH-64 D helicopter flying first

In February 2006, Japan has successfully completed its ground self AH-64 D the first flight. ZanDingMing unit for AH-64 DJP, will eventually named as AH-64 DJ. The first flight in January 25 in Fuji heavy industry (FHI) Utsunomiya of state-run factories, the airport for 15 minutes. AH-64 DJ going to replace JGSDF for active service by FHI made of patent, AH-1 S “cobra” helicopter. AH-64 DJ equipped with results-92 “sting” air-to-air missile, air combat ability and survival force are better than the AH-1 S. AH-64 DJ might be involved in April of the Japanese armed forces held joint exercises, it is equipped with new digital communication system, data chain system with other weapons platform and system communication, including the E-767 airborne warning aircraft and “ZhouSiDun” destroyer. AH-64 DJ purchasing plan in 2002, the first two and a determined approval in 2005 to us $123 million purchase. FHI in December 2005 after two purchased this AH-64 DJ. (

In January 2006, Boeing announced that it is to the foreign army purchasing “apachean” helicopter improvement to reach an agreement. The most close to signing the contract is the united Arab emirates, it requires will buy 30 Boeing AH-64 A “apachean” improvement for AH-64 D. According to Boeing rotary-wing business development manager Burke said, this contract in the first quarter of this year is expected to sign. Saudi Arabia is also in talks to improve its 11 frame “apachean” deal. Greece also want to improve its have “apachean”, but the money is a problem. According to Boeing says, will be A A AH-64 A type D generally need to improve for about $10 million, is about A fight about 1/3 of the unit price. Israel improve its 49 frame “apachean” work going on, at present has delivered three frame. Boeing is for the army for “apachean” III batch to improve the work in May this year will reach the milestone B, the improvement will add about 26 of the new technology, including control ability and improve the drone of sharing information ability; The first delivery of the machine is scheduled to.

In January 2006, the United States army and Boeing are for “apachean” add “attack helicopter BinHai mode”, in order to make it more effective to find and against sea targets. U.S. ambassador to South Korea forces need this ability, and have issued combat requirement report, the report says ambassador to South Korea forces need better distance sea attack power. According to Boeing “apachean” the business development manager Burke said, the United States naval and foreign “apachean” user has also expressed interest in BinHai ability. “Apachean” helicopter APG-AN / 78 “long bow” radar can already detected a ship, but its software need to prepare to make it can identify the ship is what kind of. Missile seeker of the head also need to program for sea targets to attack. The current “apachean” with air-to-ground and air-to-air mode. BinHai mode to the us army “apachean” the first batch improvement project of 5 III partial time will be ready to. “” the first batch III apachean improvement project is scheduled to be completed in 2015.

AH-64 D “apachean long bow attack helicopter,” “arrow” on equipment before infrared aim at/navigation system

In September 2005, according to the American army of the implementation of the “modernization with instructions to intercept the aim/navigation night vision sensor” (MTADS/PNVS) project plan requirements, lockheed Martin company to the us army and complete the delivery head of the most advanced 8 sets “arrow” photoelectric aim at/navigation system installed in the comprehensive and marks the United States army equipment MTADS/PNVS established the first a force (FUE) through which all milestones are completed. Now, the United States army AH-64 D “apachean long bow attack helicopter,” “arrow” on equipment before infrared aim at/navigation system, make its pilot can day and night in bad weather conditions and more fly safely. By law, company and Boeing horse of comprehensive group, from the installed began in December 2003 in Boeing company is located in Arizona may, production “, apachean long bow attack helicopter factory “, the first eight set to “arrow” aim at/navigation system installed in the comprehensive work. June 23, 2005, equipment “arrow” start before infrared aim at/navigation system on the “long bow, apachean” attack helicopters flew to fort hood has begun a two weeks’ training and flight, the first training including 33 “arrow” field replaceable module of the use and maintenance, and then the pilot flight training. Now, the army is in the infrared aim at/navigation system maintenance personnel training. In this system, “apachean long bow attack helicopter,” provisions on the use of life for 23 years. In addition to the U.S. army, British and other outside six countries have signed a horse with Penelope buying “arrow” system, and is expected to contract and three countries will also buy the system, the modification of these countries to active service us-made “apachean” attack helicopters.

In December 2005, Boeing Japanese Fuji heavy industry group company to deliver the first frame AH-64 D. Fuji heavy industry group company is Boeing in Japan’s partner, is also the Japan aerospace company, it will be in Japan to produce the type of the helicopter. AH-64 D JP “long bow apachean” armed helicopter is “apachean” helicopter in the first can launch “sting” aam model. Boeing Japan “apachean” project manager Carson says, “apachean” helicopter will be deployed in the 21 st century Japanese ground self joint combat interoperability of choice for weapons platform to Japan in advance, the new equipment delivery will consolidate Japanese Fuji group and Boeing, ensure that the relationship between the Japanese ground self next year after two this type of the helicopter with the goal can be realized as soon as possible. Boeing and Fuji group in the past year close cooperation, agreed by Japan, including the production of “sting” air-to-air missile, the qualification test. As for Boeing to first helicopter production qualification, Fuji group will be in accordance with Boeing signed a qualification to maintain production certificate production this new type of helicopters. Japan is in August 2001 selected Boeing AH-64 D “long bow apachean” as a replace Japan ground self anti-tank helicopter.

AH-64 “apachean” the second batch of attack helicopter “arrow” system

In February 2005, lockheed Martin with the us army’s project execution HangKongBu office signed a $247 million contract for the United States, the army and foreign military sales user production is 97 sets for AH-64 “apachean” the second batch of attack helicopter “arrow” system, beginning in July 2006 delivery products. The us army will be in June 2005 to equip the system established the first team AH-64 “apachean” attack helicopter fleet. The us army plans to buy 704 sets of second batch of “arrow” system, in 2011 its modification to all before “apachean” attack helicopter. The second batch of “arrow” system is the United States army in about 25 years ago began to equipment and only used for day the first batch “between the arrow” system-─ “goals aimed at intercepting instructions with/driver night vision sensor” (TADS/PNVS) of the modernization of the type, the called “modernization aimed at intercepting instructions with/driver night vision sensor” (M-TADS/PNVS), is a kind of advanced photoelectric aiming system, its sailing before infrared sensor adopts advanced on imaging processing technology, make “apachean” attack helicopter pilot in adverse weather conditions and day and night maximum security flying in a low flying as much as possible to provide high wire and obstacles such as branches of the resolution, which significantly enhanced instructions/night flight intercepted target ability, this kind of technology excellent system not only improve performance and reliability, and reduce the security costs.

In April, 2005, Israel receives the Boeing for its production of one of the first 3 AH-64 D “a long bow apachean” attack helicopters. AH-64 in test results-9 “diamondbacks” an air-to-air missile. Results-9 are not equipped AH-64 practical.

July 18, 2005 Boeing announced that it from the United States army won a $41.5 million contract amount, the reconstruction program overhaul to 70 a 64 helicopter-AH. Reconstruction work is designed to make from combat deployment return AH-in 64 can quickly returned to combat status. These was widely used in the desert and mountain harsh environment conditions of the plane will return to the deployment of the situation before. Boeing logistical support system company responsible for the vice President of the army support project Bass said: “the army needs’ apachean ‘quick nap to continue to execute a task. After we finish to a first contract, bring the army have confidence in the reconstruction project of Boeing to play a greater role.” This 70 frame, the current for three frame arrived at Boeing factories, one frame already began to repair. The contract requires that the 60 days to complete nap. Activities include cleaning all parts and repair damage and trim combat work after completing test, etc. In June 2004, Boeing have won the first contract, stood for $16.3 million, responsible for shaping 15 frame; With 13 frame has been finished, two other frame will also be in the near future delivery. Trim work of the biggest problems met in the fight is used degree is overweight, and each helicopter has different needs.

The British army announced WAH-64 has obtained the initial operational capability

In October 2004, the British army announced WAH-64 has obtained the initial operational capability. At the current plan, the British “apachean” will improve the ability to step in 2007, will have complete combat, when three FeiHangTuan will have combat. The three groups are British air of attacking a 16 part. The British evaluation the machine is the British new established “joint helicopter headquarters” is the cornerstone of the headquarters of the helicopter, and joint task is “focus on the armed forces joint ability, improve operational efficiency” combat helicopters.

In October 2004, Boeing is seeking more export AH-64 to fill in March 2007 to September will appear production DuanDang. The company “apachean” project vice President Al Winn says don’t want production line to stop. He also said, DuanDang production time is compressed and company next year in before still have a chance to avoid DuanDang thoroughly. At the same time, in the United States army on October 25, held in Washington’s annual conference, apachean project manager revealed to the press, after more than two and a half years of time, the United States army widely analysis will AH-64 helicopter has the significant check interval time prolonging a times, that is, from 250 flight hours increase for 500 flight hours. The army so reducing the time of check, cancelled all repeated inspection. Analysis showed that, the crew will often spend time on unnecessary parts in check. On a plane for large areas of the “remove” check can make the plane offline for 10 ~ 30 days time. Through the extended check interval time, army can now make the plane basically keep longer online, and no flying time working strength, in fact, increased instead can reduce working intensity. The army also extended the plane subtle check interval time, from the past 10 flight hours or 14 days examination cycle extended to 25 hours or 14 days flying inspection period. 10 hour demand means that in combat overseas, the crew during nearly every day to check their plane. To 25 hours, it can fly four task during the day, the any need to check. Only this one index is reduced work hours requirement of 25% ~ 30%. 125 hours standard inspection remain unchanged. In addition, Boeing project, with the vice President said capital structure adjustment, the installation work to reduce the maintenance in new parts also play a role. By improving diagnosis function and improve components reliability, need not often do check, through the normal check to complete the same work.

The United States defense security GeZuoJu (DSCA) in the May 22, released Thursday of Egypt officially military sell needs

In may, 2009, the defense security GeZuoJu (DSCA) in the May 22, released Thursday of Egypt officially military sell needs, including 12 frame type II AH-which 64 D “long bow apachean” attack helicopter, 27 T700-GE-701 D engine, and a modern type of “arrow (Arrowhead)” TADS/PVNS sensors, 28 M299 “long bow” (hell fire Hellfire missile launch device, Longbow) 14 AN/ALQ-144 v3 “disco ball” (start) infrared jammers disco and 14 sets of AN/APR-and Bv2 radar signal detection equipment. Egypt will purchase composite materials flat tail, comprehensive helmet and display visual system (IHADSS), helicopters and return to repair, transportation, and maintenance, repair and spare put a, as well as other relevant equipments and services. These new purchasing helicopters will be equipped in the Egyptian air force AH-64 fleet, the fleet at present the AH-64 D equipment for helicopter which type I. The contract worth about 820 million dollars, but DSCA demand is not equal to the formal contract.

In April, 2004, the British army began to use WAH-64 “apachean” AH Mk1 to use test match. WAH-64 will be in the royal navy “sea” helicopter carrier, complete a 1 months of “ships/helicopter operation limit” (SHOL) sea trials. The ship is the main task of the 16 th the air as members of the attacking a provide air mobility, the British army and navy have come to an agreement, with 8 frame “apachean” replacement “DaShanMao” AH Mk7 to execute BinHai mobile operations. The joint maritime test from AWHL, by Boeing and QinetiQ company’s personnel to the test, on March 1, start ended March 31, and are intended for “apachean” AH Mk1 helicopter standard operating limit, and solve the warship related problems, including helicopters ship equipment, security and control can be maintained. In this period of 1 frame equipped with test equipment and distance of measuring equipment on the helicopter operation test of ship. As planned, “apachean” AH Mk1 will in August 2004, and plans to get combat ability in September 2005 in “the sea”, the four planes to Argonaut05 exercise equipment.

AH-64 D, it will be to beauty army “future combat systems (FCS) remains,” the important complement

In January 2003, Boeing officially proposed Suggestions, upgrade III batch production of AH-64 D, it will be to beauty army “future combat systems (FCS) remains,” the important complement. It is reported, the first batch of AH-64 D III the upgrades include new digital communication and system, with the communication, and other uavs of improvement. Boeing says, to future combat systems, army unit set up the first III group of AH-64 D already for future combat systems training is ready for the digital communication and digital has links. Improved technology small risk, easy to integration, night and day, and severe weather conditions of the operation ability enhancement. Plans also include improvement “long bow” fire control radar, new engine, transmission device and electronic warfare systems. The army has determined to be the first batch of improvement of the appropriations. III February 26, Boeing will be the first frame upgraded AH-64 D delivery to the American army.

In June 2003, Boeing 64 D for AH-of the latest design the helicopter blades (main rotor blade fold system fold system) of series verification. Earlier, the army requirements Boeing developed a could significantly reduce “apachean” load transport plane, remote after delivery time, and asked refurbished AH-64 D pulled from transport shall be immediately after can take off. Boeing may factory developed for gaza AH-64 D blades folding system, make winner along the direction of the rotor can fold as usual, do not need to remove the blades can installed. And the “long bow” radar in transit also need not remove. In addition, after the improvement, the a a C-five planes can be loaded 6 frame “apachean”, the plane flight personnel, reassemble the technical personnel and use tools. In the past, blades and radar part in transport need another occupied the space transport, so transport helicopter assembly equipment and staff have to and send a delivery plane crashes. At present the system in pull crann (Lackland air force base) verified, a Boeing team training and to assist in the army troops completed 6 frame “apachean” helicopters to bring the entire process.

In June, 2003, the British general power company for Britain’s ministry of defense value is more than $42 million, and for the British army “apachean” helicopter offer two-way air defense data connection contract. This the name is “apachean” BOWMAN connection or ABC correction, without the plane project can be modified, BOWMAN network and relevant in the ground between facilities set up double road data connection. This important air defense network, can provide effective rotorcraft to command and control of the widely spread, and through the information gathered by improving the situation awareness. General power British company is British BOWMAN safety digital voice data communication system main contractor and system integration. The BOWMAN project, the company in Britain’s growing digital and network project marketing ability plays a leading role. The company management director says, this contract for the power of the shows in general use the limited fund has distinctive complex problem solving ability. The contract will be the application scope of BOWMAN network expansion into the air, and enhance the British army’s network capacity.

In April 2002, U.S. defense department announced in May that month to sell the Kuwait 16 aircraft AH-64 D

Boeing and Kuwait is AH-64 purchasing has DuoNian negotiations. First Kuwait in 1997 proposed $800 million purchase price of the 16 aircraft AH-64 D, but because financial problems forced to delay. This number is expected to buy in 14 to 18 frame between. It is reported Kuwait is ready to $1 billion used to buy the plane, training equipment and “long bow” radar. In addition Kuwait should also purchase ancillary rockets and missiles. Kuwait also plans to buy allegedly corresponding “sting” missiles.

American AH-64 D will be installed ITT industrial company aviation electronic division of the 211 ALQ-AN/comprehensive rf device (SIRFC) against, in self-defence electronic counter. SIRFC has radar warning and interference function, can make the carrier aircraft from radar guided missile attacks. The system is open structure and modular design, suitable for equipment DuoZhong type of aircraft. Besides having sensor fusion, situation told, radar warning, electronic against function outside, still have based on the requirements of the combat mission electronic support measures ability.

In May 2002, the United States government approval to sell Taiwan 30 Boeing 64 D, according to AH before u.s.-taiwan “sales will hope in the case”, delivered in 2005 the first frame, 2006 ready. A planned 75 army purchasing frame AH-64 D, according to the us army composed of a squadron, including three even. The American Taiwan both sides are exploring paid by the production of the said AH-responsible for the possibility of the 64 D part.

In July 2002, Israel in the Israeli plan-the 64 D AH lockheed Martin company’s advanced goal for instructions/pilot night vision system (M-TADS/PNVS). The system is nicknamed “arrow”, Israel may become the first users. “Arrow” system greatly strengthen AH-64 D TADS/PNVS system detection range, clarity and the reliability. The us army now have enough capital budget, for all 501 will for a U.S. AH-64 D equipment “arrow”.

In August, 2002, the United States army began to research upgrade the AH-the feasibility of the 64 D. Upgrade for software system, main sensor system and communication facilities, and it will replace fire control radar system, engine drive system. The updated AH-64 D will be able to better and collaborative combat uav, have better tracking moving target ability. The army also said, after new purchase AH-64 D will be upgraded new models. In September, Boeing and another bidder for exit after L-3 communications company, has become the only bidders to the plan. L-3 communications company said, the project will be the army a year worth 1.8 ~ $200 million contract, the contract term sustainable 10 years, worth bid competition. The company’s strategic goal is just a special aircraft maintenance, improvement and retrofit experts.

At present AH-64 apachean helicopter users

At present AH-64 users, including the United States army, Britain, the Netherlands, Israel, Singapore, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the united Arab emirates, mostly of AH-64 D, British AH-64 Numbers WAH-64 D by the country, o tower west aram, according to license the manufacturing company, French turbomeca company and the British Rolls-Royce company RTM322 engine. Saudi Arabia (12) AH-64 A, and the united Arab emirates have 30 frame. Egypt last November has signed A contract, its 35 frame AH-64 A upgrade into AH-64 D. Japan’s recent already selected AH 64 D for the next generation, plans to attack helicopters ordered 60 aircraft AH-64 and 23 set of “long bow” system. At present Japan’s mitsubishi electric company has accepted the first “long bow” system. And the self-developed OH-X reconnaissance used together with attack helicopters. In November 2001 the government of Egypt signed A contract worth $242 million, will the 35 frame AH-64 A type D upgrade for, and the specific work will begin from 2003 in Arizona Boeing’s gaza base. The contract also includes installation northrop grumman ALQ-162 electronic warfare systems. AH-64 D is still in the competition of South Korea advanced attack helicopter competition plans.

Spain will be AH-the latest 64 users, is now preparing to lease 8 frame AH-64, at the same time as the future purchase “o cypress branch” long bow of the assessment. To the Spanish AH-64 A may come from the active army troops or national guard, but also may be from the royal army WAH-64 D. Spain may end up buying is expected to 30 Boeing AH-64 D helicopters.

Boeing next main target customers for the Middle East. In the Middle East, “o cypress branch” was in Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia and the united Arab emirates the army. Kuwait in 1997 was $800 million in to purchase 16 aircraft-64 D “AH o cypress extra-base bow”, but for a stay funding plan. Until August 2002, Kuwait and the United States sign to us $868 million worth of agreement, buy 16 aircraft AH-64 D. In addition the uae and Saudi upgrade reconstruction plan is also A piece of fat meat, they hope will AH-64 A improvement for AH-64 D “o cypress branch” long bow, of which the united Arab emirates have signed the contract. Israel’s 40 frame AH-64 A will be all upgraded to “o cypress branch” long bow, and purchasing A new AH-8 64 D.

Apachean helicopter. Actual combat use

In December 1989, in panama in 1991 for the first time at war, the gulf war in 1999 and the NATO military strike on Yugoslavia is used in great quantities in the AH-64, show the excellent combat. The gulf war ground combat began, AH-64 long-distance for two of sneak attack Iraq early warning radar task, for then launched air strikes opened the gap in mass. Later, beauty of the army used powerful close anti-tank fire, smashing the other side with tanks as the backbone DuoCi the impact, the assault and eventually encircle the action which strongly supports the ground assault group action. In the west of basra a battle in, the United States army infantry division of 24 machine a AH-64 attack helicopters with the Iraqi army camp “republican guard” a division, were shot down between Iraqi 84 tanks and armored vehicles, and a wheeled vehicles, 4 a air defense system and eight gun.

2003 Iraq claimed that a farmer had shot down AH-64 D, this picture can clearly see “hell” millimeter wave guidance retrofit. Adsense think this frame AH-64 D is actually happened after their fault.

In July 2001, Boeing and lockheed Martin, the company put forward in 64 installed on the D AH MW (MW) large gaze on infrared (before), FLIR systems with great increase of the pilot’s visual range. Lockheed Martin company-64 D design for AH “arrow” (Arrowhead) advanced goal for designated/pilot night vision system (M-TADS/PNVS), and will be installed to the FLIR MW system. “Arrow” system in the last year by the army to replace TADS/selected, PNVS system, the first in 2005 is expected to can be put into use. The system will be expanded, make visual range crew than installation M-visual range TADS two times, increase is almost old-fashioned TADS/PNVS system as much as four times. This will make the crew can through the visual to identify targets, distance can more than “hell” missile maximum range (more than 6.4 kilometers). FILR technology can adapt to bad medium wave under the weather aim taking on request.