By Chris Bishop
The Boeing (McDonnell Douglas, previously Hughes) AH-64A Apache is the USA Army's fundamental assault helicopter, and the main complex helicopter gunship flying at the present time. the most costly rotary-winged plane ever equipped while it used to be brought within the early Nineteen Eighties, it has given that proved its worthy on battlefields world wide, seeing motion within the Gulf conflict, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo and the new clash in Iraq. This publication examines the layout, improvement and deployment of a quick-reacting, airborne guns process that could struggle shut and deep to wreck, disrupt, or hold up enemy forces.
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On October 16, 2001, the first US Army AH-64Ds to be deployed abroad arrived in Seoul, South Korea, opening a new chapter in American Longbow operations. The aircraft, all from the newly re-equipped 1st Battalion, 2d Aviation Regiment, were transported to Korea by sea and then reassembled. Until 1999, when it began its AH-64D conversion, the 1st Battalion had been an AH-64A unit. Sixteen US Army National Guard (ANG) and two Reserve units are flying or expect to receive AH-64 Apaches. Three ANG units – Arizona, South Carolina, and Idaho – and Reserve units in Kentucky and Texas that fly AH-64A Apache helicopters are transitioning to the AH-64D Apache Longbow.
On March 1, 2002, five 101st Airborne Division Apaches were assigned to Operation Anaconda. This was a major search and destroy action in eastern Afghanistan, whose aim was to winkle out hold-out Taleban and Al Qaeda fighters from their deeply dug-in positions in mountains. Another Apache arrived later in the morning, and a seventh flew up from Kandahar to join the fight the first afternoon. The fighting was fierce and, with Al Qaeda fighters so close to US troops, close air support from “fast mover” jets was often out of the question.
Afghanistan In 2001, US Army Apaches were sent to Afghanistan to take part in the campaign against Al Qaeda and the Taleban. On March 1, 2002, five 101st Airborne Division Apaches were assigned to Operation Anaconda. This was a major search and destroy action in eastern Afghanistan, whose aim was to winkle out hold-out Taleban and Al Qaeda fighters from their deeply dug-in positions in mountains. Another Apache arrived later in the morning, and a seventh flew up from Kandahar to join the fight the first afternoon.