Advanced Multi-role Combat Helicopter
The AH-64 Apache is the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopter. Used by the U.S. Army and a growing number of international defence forces, India is the 16th nation to select the Apache.
The Indian Air Force has a fleet of 22 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, and in 2020, Boeing signed an agreement with the Government of India for the acquisition of six more Apache helicopters for the Indian Army.
The AH-64E is an advanced multi-mission helicopter with the latest technology insertions, maintaining its standing as the world’s best attack helicopter. It is the only available combat helicopter with a spectrum of capabilities for virtually any mission requirement, including greater thrust and lift, joint digital operability, improved survivability and cognitive decision aiding.
Supplying for Global Demand
Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited (TBAL), a joint venture between Boeing and Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. (TASL), was established in 2016 to manufacture fuselages for the AH-64 Apache. TBAL’s 14,000 sq.m. Hyderabad facility has been delivering AH-64 Apache fuselages since 2018. The advanced manufacturing facility will eventually become the sole producer of AH-64 fuselages in the world, with 90% of parts sourced from Indian suppliers.
AH-64E Apache Technical Specifications
|Length||48.16 ft. (14.68 m)|
|Height||15.49 ft. (4.72 m)|
|Rotor Diameter||48 ft. (14.63 m)|
|Primary Mission Gross Weight||15,075 lb. (6,838 kg)|
|Maximum Operating Weight||23,000 lb. (10,432 kg)|
|Maximum Rate of Climb||2,800+ ft. (853+ m) per minute|
|Maximum Level Flight Speed||150+ knots (279+ kph)|
|Service Ceiling||20,000 ft. (6,096 m)|
|Ordnance||16 HELLFIRE missiles; 76 2.75-inch rockets and 1,200 30 mm chain gun rounds|
|Rate of Fire||600-650 rounds per minute|