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US Army AH-64 Apache helicopters achieve 5M flight hours

US Army AH-64 Apache helicopters achieve 5M flight hours
An AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopter unmasks during a capabilities demonstration at Fort Rucker, Alabama, October 27, 2022.
U.S. Army photo by Lt. Col. Andy Thaggard.

MESA, Ariz., March 2, 2023 – Boeing and the AH-64 team are observing a unique milestone as the U.S. Army’s AH-64 Apache attack helicopters have officially reached five million flight hours. The accomplishment is equivalent to flying nonstop for more than 208,333 days or 570 years and nine months. Additionally, 1.3 million of those five million flight hours were accomplished during combat.

“With more than five million flight hours, the Apache continues to be reliable, versatile and lethal,” said Katie Yursky, interim vice president of Attack Helicopter Programs and senior Mesa site executive. “Congratulations to the U.S. Army and its AH-64 Apache aviators on reaching this incredible milestone. Every hour counts, and we look forward to supporting our soldiers on their next milestone and beyond.”

Since 1984 when the first AH-64 took flight, the U.S. Army has operated AH-64A, AH-64D and AH-64E model Apaches. The U.S. Army currently operates D-model Apaches in addition to the AH-64E Apache Guardian.

“It is such a great privilege and an honor to be a part of the Apache program,” Col. John (Jay) Maher, U.S Army Apache Project Manager, said. “The five million flight hours milestone is a testament to the reliability and availability of the Apache in some of the world’s most demanding conditions. Supporting the Soldiers who fly and maintain the Apache is priority one.”

US Army AH-64 Apache helicopters achieve 5M flight hours
On 16 February 2023, 3-6 Air Cavalry Squadron welcomed 24 pilots and maintenance personnel from Inowroclaw Airbase to the Task Force Heavy Cav at FOS Powidz.
The visit focused on explaining how maintenance is structured and allowing the Polish to see what daily operations look like for the AH-64 Apache.
U.S. Army photo.

Boeing is upgrading the E-model to Version 6.5, which will include updated software, and integrating the Army’s new improved turbine engine. Additionally, the company announced the Modernized Apache in October 2022, a Boeing concept aligned with the U.S. Army’s future modernization efforts, keeping the AH-64 a relevant, multi-domain lethal combat-multiplier for U.S. warfighters and international customers.

Built by Boeing in Mesa, Ariz., the AH-64 is the attack aircraft of choice for 19 defense forces around the globe, with additional international interest. In September 2022, Poland announced the selection of Boeing’s AH-64E Apache for the Polish Armed Forces’ new attack helicopter fleet.

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