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WAH-64D "Operation Herrick" ZJ229, Joint Helicopter Command, 4 Regiment AAC, Afghanistan
General Background
The AH-64E Apache Guardian was originally designated AH-64D Block III in 2012 but because of its advanced capabilities compared to previous variants it was renamed. Everything about the AH- 64E is bigger and better or improved when compared to earlier variants. A large number of improvements are meant to protect the crew from guns up to 27 mm rounds as well as crash resistant seats. Equipped with new sensors, avionics and night operation capabilities the AH-64E also has the ability to control UAVs.
The Aircraft
The first Apache AH1 arrived in the UK in March 1999 with the last of 67 helicopters being delivered in 2004. The British contribution to the War in Afghanistan was called “Operation Herrick”. The operation began in 2002 and finally came to an end in 2014. Part of the many units and squadrons sent to Afghanistan over the years were the Air Army Corps’ third, fourth and ninth regiments. These units spent several tours of five months each tour. WAH-64D c/n DUO63/WAH63 is from the 656th Squadron 4th Regiment AAC.
Specifications :
Manufacturer/s Hughes Helicopters - 1975/1984
McDonnell Douglas – 1984/1997
Boeing Defense, Space & Security – 1997/Present
Role: Attack Helicopter
Crew: 2 X (Pilot + Co-Pilot/Gunner)
Fuselage Length: 49 ft 5 in (15.06 m)
Length/Both Rotors Turning: 58.17 ft (17.73 m)
Width: 17 ft (5.23 m))
Height: AH-64D NR (Non Radar) - 12.7 ft (3.87 m)
AH-64D Longbow - 16.2 ft (4.95 m)
Rotor Diameter 48 ft (14.63 m)
Engine: 2 X General Electric T700-GE-701C Producing 1,890 shp Per Engine
Range: 1,180 mi (1,024 nmi / 1,900 km)
Cruise Speed: 165 mph (143 kts / 265 km/h)
Max Speed: 182 mph (158 kts / 293 km/h)
Combat Radius: 300 mi (260 nmi / 480 km)
Climb: 2,500 ft/min (12.7 m/s)
Minimum Load Service Ceiling: 21,000 ft (6,400 m)
Armament: Guns – 1 X 30 mm (1.18 in) M230 Chain Gun W/1,200 Rounds (As Part Of Area Weapon Subsystem) Hard Points – 4 X Pylons On Stub Wings Rockets Hydra 70 mm CRV7 70 mm APKWS 70 mm Air-To-Ground Missiles 8 X AGM-114 Hellfire 4 X AIM-92 Stinger Spike Missiles