Apache for the Battlefield of Today and the 21st Century,
MCDONNELL DOUGLAS HELICOPTER CO MESA AZ
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The AH-64A Apache is in service with the United States Army. This paper documents the operational requirements that drove the design of the Apache and caused the particular combination of attributes possessed by the aircraft. Attributes to be discussed include performance, survivability, crashworthiness, transportability, deployability, navigation, target acquisition and weapon systems. The second part of the paper documents the changes emerging in operational requirements, the threat and technology and the probable impact of these changes on the Apache of the future. On the integrated battlefield of today and the future the AH-64A Apache Advanced Attack Helicopter, is a valuable force multiplier and provides an added lethal dimension to the combined arms team. The AH-64A provides an immediate response to the needs of the ground commander. The first attack helicopter ever developed specifically for day, night and adverse weather anti-armor missions, it has the ability to fight and survive at the forward edge of the battle area. NATO.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics