The US Army has no plans to replace the advanced multi-role AH-64 Apache combat helicopters, according to the commander of the US Army Flight Center, Major General William Gayler.
Noteworthy is that the service period of the US Army Apache AH-64 combat helicopters will be extended for at least the next four decades.
“Right now, Apache is the very capable helicopter that we have and will fly well until the 2040s,” said Major General William Gayler.
Although the US Army will someday replace the Apache AH-64, possibly with an armed version of the Raider or Valor, the commander of the US Army Flight Center added, “time to replace (Apache) and what replaced it has not been seen”. The US Army has now purchased the latest version of Apache, the AH-64E Apache Guardian.
Upgrade Apache Capabilities
The US Army has announced a modernization package of AH-64 Apache combat helicopters with advanced equipment that allows helicopters to attack enemies up to 100 kilometers away.
The US Army says that upgrading helicopters will include twice the range of the firing control radar (FCR), which ranges from 8-16 km, the ability to detect maritime threats and targeting by FCR, expanding the range of the next generation from Manned-Unmanned Teaming-Extended or “MUMT- X “allows Apache to interoperate with various unmanned aircraft systems (PTTA) and other platforms, including improved navigation and communication.
The AH-64E v6 will be equipped with a more powerful 701D helicopter engine, new propeller blades, and enhanced electronic technology and systems.
On the battlefield, MUMT-X allows AH-64E Apache to find and attack enemy targets up to a distance of 100 km. This is thanks to the analysis of images provided by sensors installed on the UAV.
AH-64 Apache is the world's most advanced multi-role combat helicopter that is used by the US Army including many international armed forces. The US Army fleet alone has collected more than 4.3 million flight hours, including more than 1.2 million in combat, until January 2018.
Boeing has produced more than 2,200 Apache helicopters and shipped to customers worldwide since the helicopter entered production. Boeing's global customers for Apache include Egypt, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Netherlands, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.