Boeing delivers first Block III Apache Helicopter to US Army

3 November 2011 (Last Updated November 3rd, 2011 04:35)

Boeing has delivered the first AH-64D Apache Block III multirole attack helicopter to the US Army.

Boeing has delivered the first AH-64D Apache Block III multirole attack helicopter to the US Army.

The AH-64D Apache Block III helicopter has been designed to benefit soldiers and battlefield commanders during peacekeeping missions worldwide.

The helicopter incorporates 26 new technologies, including an improved drive system, new composite main rotor blade and enhanced digital electronic control unit.

The new technologies will enhance the aircraft's capabilities in combat aviation with improved performance and increased payload.

The US Army has plans to acquire 690 Apache Block III aircraft while Boeing will produce 51 helicopters under a Low Rate Initial Production contract.