Wednesday, December 7, 2022

U.S. Army reveals details of AH-64E Apache ‘Version 6’ update

The U.S. Army has provided new details of the latest update of AH-64E Apache attack helicopter in a newly published document.

In a document outlining the details, the U.S. Army shared its AH-64E helicopters upgrade plans. The new updated configuration will be called the Version 6 (V6) and is developing for improving efficiency helicopter at the modern battlefield.

The army said that the update of helicopter will include doubling of fire-control radar’s (FCR) range from 8 to 16km, maritime threat detection and targeting by FCR, extend range of the next-generation capability of Manned-Unmanned Teaming-Extended, or “MUMT-X” enabling Apaches to interoperate with a wider range of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and other platforms, improved navigation, and communication.


Version 6 will provide integrating soldier waveform radio voice and data capability “using the second channel” within the Apache’s Link 16 airborne terminal.

New multi-core mission processors will provide more memory and faster processing speeds. A cognitive decision aiding system will be integrated, helping to decrease pilot workload and improve decision-making efficiency. Also integrated will be a modernized rocket launcher, and the capability to deploy the advanced AGM-114R “Hellfire Romeo” air-to-surface missile.

Also in document noted that Apache will remain the Army attack helicopter until at least 2048.

The AH-64E developed by the Boeing and formerly known as AH-64D Block III, it was redesignated as Guardian to represent its increased capabilities. The AH-64E features improved digital connectivity, the Joint Tactical Information Distribution System, more powerful T700-GE-701D engines.

Boeing builds the Apache in Mesa, Ariz. Deliveries of the “E” model began in October 2011. Seven customers outside the U.S. have ordered this variant. Including this latest version, the U.S. and 15 other countries have relied on the Apache during the past three decades.

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