Gary's Combat Aircraft Reference Guide

FM 44-80:  AH-64


Country of Origin: USA.
Similar Aircraft: Mi-28 Havoc, Mangusta A129, Mi-24 Hind, Ka-50 Hokum.
Crew: Two.
Role: Advanced attack helicopter.
Armament: 30-mm chain gun, Hellfire missiles, HYDRA 70 70mm (2.75 inch) Folding-Fin Aerial Rockets.

Primary Mission Starboard Wing M230 30-mm Chain Gun Port Wing Rate of Climb Duration
4 Hellfire 320 rds 30mm 4 Hellfire 1450 fpm 1.8 hours
(Covering force)
4 Hellfire
19 rockets
1200 rds 30mm 4 Hellfire
19 rockets
860 fpm 2.5 hours
8 Hellfire 1200 rds 30mm 8 Hellfire 990 fpm 2.5 hours
(Airmobile escort)
38 rockets 1200 rds 30mm 38 rockets 780 fpm 2.5 hours

Dimensions: Length: 48 ft, 2 in (14.69 m). Rotor diameter: 48 ft (14.64 m).


The AH-64A Apache is a twin-engined, tandem-seat, four-bladed articulated rotor system attack helicopter. With its crew of two rated aviators, the pilot occupies the rear cockpit and a copilot-gunner occupies the front cockpit. The aircraft has day, night, and limited adverse weather fighting capabilities.

The aircraft is equipped with a Target Acquisition Designation Sight (TADS), a laser range finder/designator (LRF/D) used to designate for the firing of a Hellfire missile and to provide range to target information for the fire control system, and a Pilot Night Vision Sensor (PNVS) that allows the crew to navigate and attack in darkness and in adverse weather conditions at extended standoff ranges.

The Apache has a full range of aircraft survivability equipment and has the ability to withstand hits from rounds as large 23mm, in critical areas. The aircraft is powered by two General Electric T700-GE-701 1698 shp turboshaft engines.


Wings: Four-blade main rotor mounted above body midsection. Blade tips are swept-back. Short, stubby, weapon-carrying wings are mid-mounted with square tips.

Engine(s): Two turboshaft engines mounted high and outside the fuselage and to rear of the cockpit.

Fuselage: Blunt nose, flat-plated, and glassed-in cockpit. Fixed landing gear. Flat belly except for chain gun.

Tail: Large, equally tapered flats with square tips and low-mounted on fin. Swept-back fin with square tip. Rotor on the top left of fin.


Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Greece, Kuwait, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, UK, USA.

More AH-64 Art

FM 1-112:  AH-64 Dimensions GTA 44-2-18:  AH-64 Front GTA 44-2-18:  AH-64 Side GTA 44-2-18:  AH-64 Bottom GTA 44-2-10:  AH-64 FM 17-15:  AH-64 Side FM 1-114:  AH-64 Side