Definition/Scope: The AH-64 is a highly stable aerial weapons-delivery platform. Its primary role is to attack. It can fight to destroy, attrit, disrupt, or delay enemy forces. Armed reconnaissance and security are secondary roles. The AH-64 is a twin-engine, tandem-seat, aerial weapons platform. It is equipped with a Target Acquisition Designation Sight (TADS), tri-service laser designator/range finder,, and a Pilot Night Vision Sensor (PNVS) allowing the two-man crew to navigate and attack at night at extended standoff ranges, and in some adverse weather conditions. The Apache has a full range of ASE and can withstand a hit from rounds as large as 23-millimeters in some critical areas. The AH-64D is a remanufactured AH-64A. Its improved navigation system integrates dual INS/GPS and Doppler radar for acceleration cueing. Some Longbow models are equipped with a millimeter wave fire control radar (FCR) allowing the helicopter to identify, classify, prioritize, and track certain targets to the maximum range of the Hellfire weapon system.
Used For:Apache helicopters
Broader Terms:Air Cavalry Squadron
Narrower Terms:AH-64D Longbow Apache
Related Terms:AAWWS Longbow