Aircraft Data Sheet: Apache AH MK 1 (1996)
|First flight:||25th September 1998|
|Rotor diameter:||14.63m/48ft 0ins|
Rolls Royce/Turbomeca RTM-322 turboshafts
|No Built:||In Production|
Early in the 1990s, the British Army stated a requirement for an Attack Helicopter.
Westland responded by negotiating a licence agreement to build the McDonnell
Douglas AH-64D Apache. The Apache won the competition beating off the Bell
Super Cobra, the Eurocopter Tiger and the Denal Rooivalk.
The WAH-64D differed from the US aircraft by the introduction of the Rolls-royce Turbomeca RTM-322. The first eight aircraft were built and test flown in the USA by Boeing, who had absorbed McDonnell Douglas/Vertol. The first WAH-64 flew in USA on September 25th 1998.