One-Third Of Those Hours Have Come In Last Five Years
Boeing reports that the US Army's fleet of AH-64 Apache combat
helicopters has logged more than two million flight hours,
according to recently released US Army operational summary
Nearly one-third of all flight hours have occurred in the past
four years, including almost 700,000 hours since the 9/11 attacks
and subsequent activity in Afghanistan and Iraq. Apache helicopters
continue to fly hundreds of hours a month in both countries, in
support of peacekeeping operations.
The summary data,
compiled from US Army Apache deployments around the world,
indicates the combat helicopter fleet reached the two million
flight hour milestone in late 2005. Currently, the US Army's total
combined flight time for the fleet is more than 2.1 million
Neither the number of combat hours logged by US Army Apaches,
nor the total number of flight hours for all Apache helicopters
worldwide, has been released.
Eleven nations either fly or have selected AH-64 Apache
helicopters. Nearly 1,100 Apaches -- in either the AH-64A or AH-64D
configuration -- are in service around the world.
AH-64A Apaches, which first entered service with the US Army in
1984, have logged more than 1.6 million flight hours. AH-64D
Apaches have logged more than 400,000 flight hours.
"Achieving this remarkable milestone demonstrates the
outstanding skills and commitment by US Army soldiers in demanding
conditions and challenging environments around the world," said Al
Winn, Boeing vice president of Apache programs. "We're proud to
provide and support this unmatched combat aircraft for the defense
Boeing introduced the AH-64D Apache Longbow, the newest member
of the Apache family, in 1997. It features fully integrated
avionics and weapons plus a state-of-the-art modem that transmits
real-time, secure digitized battlefield information to air and
ground forces. It can rapidly detect, classify, prioritize and
engage stationary or moving opposition targets at standoff ranges
in nearly all weather environments.