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The Chinese government unveiled its new attack helicopter to the public at an airshow in the southern city of Zhuhai. China’s new attack helicopter can be compared to the helicopters made in the U.S. and Russia.
Called the WZ-10 or “Thunder Fire,” it can be compared the AH-64 Apache of the U.S. and the Russian Mil Mi-28. It is designed for anti-tank missions and according to chief designer Wu Ximing, “The WZ-10 is one of the top three attack helicopters in the world.” An unnamed Chinese expert said that the WZ-10 is more maneuverable at low altitude than the Apache, but it is deficient in thrust and firepower. Demonstration of the attack helicopter performing a vertical climb was shown on national television.
Development for the WZ-10 started way back in 1990s. China’s military planners observed the helicopter use of the United States during the first Gulf War.
China Aviation Industry Corp. (AVIC) also showed another helicopter designed for armed reconnaissance and support for ground troops called the WZ-19 or “Black Tornado.” Over 30 foreign military diplomats attended the event.
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The U.S. Army is preparing for the full-rate production of the AH-64E helicopters. It had officially designated the Block III Apache attack helicopter as the AH-64E to avoid confusion from the AH-64D.
According to Col. Jeff Hager, the Army’s Apache manager, the decision to go into full-rate production issued in August “is probably the single largest decision for this program since Block Is and Block IIs went into production.” Boeing will have to make 48 helicopters per year for the army in the span of two years and another 48 units to foreign sales. The U.S. Army is planning to buy 690 units overall. The first AH-64E was delivered last November and since then, the production rate has been three helicopter per month.
The AH-64E has more power and improved maneuverability than its predecessors. During the testing last year, it was able to counter realistic air defense threats at demonstrations in Naval Air Station in China Lake, California.
Meanwhile, production is slowing down for the Block II Apache as the units are being prepared for conversion.
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The fleet of the AH-64 Apache helicopters of the U.S. Army has surpassed 3.5 million flight hours. Boeing and Apache suppliers all over the world are commending the impressive milestone.
The milestone is a proof of the endurance and reliability of the helicopter model. Apaches had been in service since 1984 and it had flown combat missions in Afganistan, involved in exercises in South Korea and trained alongside the new AH-64D Apache Block III.
“Achieving and surpassing 3.5 million flight hours is a very significant milestone for the Apache, and I am incredibly proud of the soldiers who fly and maintain this helicopter,” said Col. Jeff Hager, Apache project manager for the Army. “I am also pleased for the opportunity to work with dedicated and diligent men and women in government service and industry who design, build and continue to modernize an aircraft that delivers proven capabilities and cutting-edge technologies.”
Boeing is the manufacturer of the Apache helicopters in its Mesa facility. It had scheduled the first units of the helicopter two months advanced in 1983 and since then Apche have fulfilled the demands of battlefield commanders and soldiers effectively.
The newest variation of the Apache helicopter, AH-64D Apache Block III, has composite main rotor blades, a composite stabilator, 701D engines with an enhanced digital electronic control unit, and an improved drive system that enhances the rotorcraft’s performance.
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The U.S. Army awarded an $18 million contract to Boeing for the second phase testing of its advanced rotocraft flight control system. The testing is for the continued development of a technology that will improve helicopter’s manoeuvrability and performance. The program is known as Adaptive Vehicle Management System (AVMS.) Testing will be done in helicopter models like AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook.
The advanced rotocraft flight control system is a joint development project between Boeing and Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate. It aims to reduce aircrew workload and overall operating cost. I will adapt the flight controls to the helicopter’s flight condition, environment, and even pilot intent.
In Phase II of the AMVS, the test will demonstrate the design’s portability as well as how it can enhance the flight performance of the helicopter during attack and cargo missions. The test will encompass more than 100 hours of flight time.
“Phase II also allows us to continue H-6 flight control test bed prototyping activities to expand AVMS’ capabilities,” said Steve Glusman, director, Boeing Advanced Mobility. “AVMS will be a key capability in future Boeing aircraft such as Future Vertical Lift rotorcraft.”
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Ninety organizations from different nations are appealing to the US government to stop providing Indonesia with deadly attack helicopters. The appeal comes as Indonesia announces its plan to buy eight Apache-64 helicopters from the US.
The groups fear that the helicopters will only heighten the conflicts in Indonesia, especially in the region of West Papua. The organizations’ letter expressed that the helicopters pose as a direct threat to West Papua civilians.
The Indonesia Military (TNI) regularly perform sweep operations that involve attacks to the villages. These attacks force innocent civilians to flee their homes. The letter disclosed that “Papuan civilians either flee the attacks to neighboring villages or into the surrounding forests where many die or face starvation, cut off from access to their gardens, shelter, and medical care.” Sweep operations are currently under way in the Central Highlands of the West Papua region.
The sweep operations commonly use Apache-64 helicopters. It is designed as a ground attack helicopter that can be operated by day and night. It is armed with high caliber chain guns and capable of firing missiles.
The appeal was started by the U.S.-based East Timor and IndonesiaAction Network (ETAN) and the West Papua Advocacy Team. It was signed by various human rights advocacy groups, religious, indigenous rights, disarmament and other organizations from 14 different nations.
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The US Military is investigating the pilot involved in the helicopter crash in Afghanistan last month. The Apache attack helicopter had flown dangerously low at an Afghan outpost before crashing into the ground. No one on the ground was hurt, the helicopter crew survived with minor injuries.
The crash was caught in an amateur video and went viral in the Internet. The military is looking at the possibility that the pilot was showing-off.
The video shows the helicopter swooping low above a coalition outpost before narrowly missing a building then pulling back. The Apache helicopter came back around, then seemed to lose control after a steep ascent causing it to drop low and slammed its belly into the ground. It appeared to skid toward a group of people, but momentarily came off the ground and then crashed again.
A former Blackhawk helicopter thought the Apache pilot looked like performing a “return to target” maneuver – it involves a 180 degree turn after a low swoop and then followed by another swoop. Apache pilots are extensively trained for this standard maneuver.
No enemy activity was reported in the area at that time and several military officials are concluding that it is possible that the pilot was entertaining the spectators on the ground.
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Fort Carson is gearing up to build a $773 million construction project to house the new combat aviation brigade. This move is planned, despite the Pentagon’s effort to limit the military budget. However, this project will surely boost the local economy by providing jobs and revenue to Colorado.
“By the skin of our teeth, the combat aviation brigade is coming to Fort Carson,” said Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, the post’s commanding general.
A heavy combat aviation brigade is coming to Fort Carson and units will start to arrive in January 2013. The first batch of helicopters will include a dozen of CH-47 Chinooks. The whole brigade will be an assortment of AH-64 Apache helicopters, UH-60 Blackhawk transports and HH-60 Blackhawks. The brigade is expected to be fully operational by 2015.
Bids for the brigade’s headquarters will be opened next week, while the bid for the airport hangar had started earlier this year.
This early, Fort Carson had contributed $2 billion dollars into the region’s economy and the arrival of the aviation brigade will beef it up even more. Construction of facilities is estimated to add $1.3 billion to the local economy. It will also create more than 13,000 jobs.
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The Buckingham Palace confirmed last Friday that Prince Harry has arrived in the United States for a two-month military helicopter training course.
The prince, known as Captain Harry Wales in the British Army Air Corps, will start his training at the Naval Air Facility at El Centro, Calif., where he will fly Apache helicopters in the desert near the Mexican border.
Harry is among 20 students in the British Army participating in Exercise Crimson Eagle, which ends at Gila Bend Auxiliary Air Force Base in Arizona, where they will fire missiles, rockets and cannons from the AH-64 Apache helicopters.Upon completion of the course, Harry, 27, will return to the U.K. as a fully trained Apache pilot, where he will then be assigned to an Apache squadron. It will then be up to the Ministry of Defense, reports say, to determine whether he will be deployed.
The facility hosts allied troops throughout the year because its hot, dusty conditions replicate Afghanistan’s harsh environment and the clear weather allows for constant flying.
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A revolutionary development in the history of war, the Apache helicopter was designed to survive heavy attacks and to inflict great damage. Essentially a flying tank, this helicopter is a nightmare among ground forces. It is known to be the most lethal helicopter to wreak havoc and of the reasons is the AH-64 Apache’s Hellfire Missile which can obliterate hostilities with deadly precision. It is computer controlled and unrelenting in chasing its target when fired. It can also demolish targets up to 150 kilometers away. This already amazing range can be doubled to 300 kilometers by attaching peripheral fuel containers to the missiles.
The company Hughes Helicopters developed the first series of Apache helicopters in the 1970s. McDonnell Douglas bought Hughes Helicopters in 1984, then Boeing merged with McDonnell Douglas in 1997. The original design, AH-64A Apache, is gradually being replaced by the U.S. Military with the more advanced AH-64D Apache Longbow.
In an AH-64A, the crew were to sit in tandem in an armored compartment. The AH-64A variant was powered by two GE T700 turboshaft engines. It was equipped with the -701 engine version until 1990 when the engines were switched to the more powerful -701C version.
The AH-64D “Long Bow” variant on the other hand is equipped with an advanced sensor suite and a glass cockpit. The main improvement of the D-variant over the A-variant is the dome installed over the main rotor, housing the AN/APG-78 Longbow millimeter-wave Fire Control Radar (FCR) target acquisition system and the Radar Frequency Interferometer (RFI). The raised position of the radome enables the detection of targets and launching of missiles while the helicopter is behind obstacles like terrain, trees, or buildings. A radio modem integrated with the sensor suite allows data to be shared with other D-models; allowing them to fire on targets detected by a single helicopter.
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Having an AH-64 Apache attack helicopter pilot for your dad is pretty cool. Even cooler is being an Apache pilot and having two of your children follow in your footsteps to become pilots, too.
Capt. Dennis McNamara decided to rejoin his former unit, the 8-229 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, as an Apache pilot when both his son and daughter were deploying to Iraq with the unit.
“Without a doubt, I’m the proudest man on earth,” said Capt. Dennis McNamara, an AH-64 Apache Longbow attack helicopter pilot for the 8th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 229th Aviation Regiment, an Army Reserve unit based out of Fort Knox, Ky.
Capt. Dennis McNamara is currently stationed at Camp Taji, Iraq, where he flies AH-64 Apaches alongside his daughter, Capt. Elizabeth McNamara, 28, and his son, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brendon McNamara, 24.
Elizabeth and Brendon, who both call Louisville, Ky., home, said having their father with them has its advantages, giving them an extra “support element” while here.
Elizabeth said some of her earliest memories are of Apaches and the pilots who fly them.
“I remember going out to the airfield, guys playing volleyball, watching the parties at the gazebos. I knew for a long time that I was going to join the Army, but the one thing I wanted to do with it was fly attack helicopters. If we were going to go to combat, I wanted to be the one in the sky with the gun.”
Elizabeth is a platoon leader in her battalion. She said her father knows a thing or two about leadership. With Elizabeth now in a command position, her father offers her advice and gives her critiques on her leadership style. They often talk while eating together at the dining facility or while hanging out when off duty.
Brendon, as a warrant officer, is a technical expert on flying, and he and his father often discuss tactics. His father is serving as an instructor pilot for the unit so talking about flying comes with the territory.
Their containerized housing units are close to each other and they often hit the gym together, so despite being on different schedules, there are plenty of chances for Brendon to talk to “Dad,” not to mention salute him, and his big sister, too.
“I couldn’t see both my children deploying and leaving me at home,” he said. He called the unit’s commander, Lt. Col. James Posey, and asked to rejoin the 8-229th for the deployment.
“Dennis McNamara and I have worked together for several years, so I considered it an honor to have his children serving in my command, and I welcomed his return to the unit,” Posey said. “When the chance presented itself for him to deploy with us, I was a little concerned with having over half the family in my unit, in a combat zone, and all flying the same aircraft!”
Dennis has been flying Apaches for more than 20 years. He served in Operation Desert Storm and in Operation Iraqi Freedom. But for his two kids, this deployment was their first.
Source: U.S. Army