Boeing has won a $2.3 billion contract to supply the RAF with 50 new Apache attack helicopters. The announcement came at the opening of the Farnborough International Airshow on 11 July.
The new AH-64E will replace 66 AgustaWestland-Boeing WAH-64D Block I Apache Longbow AH.1 helicopters currently operated by the Army Air Corps.
In 2012, the AH-64D Block III was redesignated as AH-64E. The AH-64E features improved digital connectivity, the Joint Tactical Information Distribution System, more powerful T700-GE-701D engines with upgraded face gear transmission to accommodate more power, capability to control drones, full IFR capability, and improved landing gear. It also features new composite rotor blades which successfully completed testing in 2004, increase cruise speed, climb rate, and payload capacity.
|Length||Maximum Level Flight Speed|
|Height||15.24 ft (4.64 m)|
|Wing Span||17.15 ft (5.227 m)|
|Primary Mission Gross Weight||15,075 lb (6,838 kg)|
|Vertical Rate of Climb||More than 2,000 ft per minute|
|Maximum Rate of Climb||More than 2,800 ft per minute|
|Maximum Level Flight Speed||More than 150 knots (279 kilometers per hour)|