The Army’s newest Apache gunship, the AH-64D Longbow Apache Block III, was delivered to the military Friday and is billed as “the most lethal and technologically sophisticated attack helicopter in the world.”Built by Boeing in Mesa, Arizona the Military Times reports the new helicopter has an array of updated features including sensors that allow pilots to direct unmanned aircraft to their targets.
Boeing lists the unclassified upgrades on its website:
The radar-equipped AH-64D Apache Longbow features numerous enhanced capabilities, including:
- Longer-range weapons accuracy and all-weather/night fighting
- Detection of objects (moving or stationary) without being detected
- Classification and threat-prioritization of up to 128 targets in less than a minute
- Integrated sensors, networking, and digital communications for situational awareness, management of the combat arena in real time, and digital transmission of images and target locations to joint operations battlefield commanders
The first production phase brings a string of 690 Block III aircraft, built under a $247 million deal with the defence Department, to the Army over the next 15 years. Of these, 643 wll be remanufactured and 56 will be new.
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