Boeing has delivered the primary AH-64E Model 6, or v6, Apache helicopter that includes improved efficiency, sensors and software program to the Royal Netherlands Air Pressure (RNLAF). As a part of a Overseas Navy Sale via the U.S. Division of Protection, Boeing acquired a contract in 2019 to remanufacture 28 RNLAF AH-64 D-model Apaches to the superior AH-64E v6. The AH-64E v6 is essentially the most fashionable configuration of the Apache assault helicopter. Supply for the ultimate E-model Apache to the nation is focused for 2025. The Dutch have operated D-model Apaches since 1998. Deliveries of remanufactured E-model Apaches represents the subsequent step within the long-term partnership between Boeing and the nation. Apaches proceed to be an necessary component of European protection, and are at the moment operated by a number of European allied nations.

“It’s an honor to obtain the primary remanufactured Apache Echo. This up to date assault helicopter is a superb enchancment and offers the Royal Netherlands Air Pressure extra fight energy and situational consciousness. This primary supply is a vital step in modernizing our total Apache fleet,” stated Vice Admiral Arie Jan de Waard, the Director of the Defence Materiel Organisation.


“The Apache is essentially the most superior and confirmed assault helicopter, and demand for it continues to extend worldwide. By upgrading from the D-model to the E-model Apache, the Royal Netherlands Air Pressure will acquire a big improve in assault energy, versatility and situational consciousness for many years to come back,” stated Kathleen Jolivette, vp of Assault Helicopter Applications and Senior Mesa Website Government at Boeing.

The Netherlands started delivery its AH-64D Apache helicopters to the US for modernisation to AH-64E customary on 19 November, and will obtain all 28 remanufactured AH-64Es again into service by early 2025. (Photograph by Netherlands MoD)

The AH-64E V6 (Model 6) is essentially the most fashionable configuration of the Apache assault helicopter and is prepared for the Multi-Area Operations (MDO) battlefield. Designed for interoperability throughout the ecosystem of Joint All Area Operations (JADO), the AH-64E v6 is a deadly, survivable and agile system offering the vary, maneuverability and efficiency wanted by floor forces and contributes to present and future joint mission success. They embody:
• An improved cockpit map show that can enable pilots to make use of digital map photographs
• A number of upgrades to the Modernized Goal Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night time Imaginative and prescient System (MTADS/PNVS)
• A GEN3 Day Sensor Meeting (GEN3 DSA)
• Hyperlink 16 communications
• Manned-Unmanned Teaming EeXpanded (MUMT-X) software program designed to permit Apache pilots to immediately management different Military unmanned aerial methods

The Boeing AH-64 Apache is an American twin-turboshaft assault helicopter with a tailwheel-type touchdown gear association and a tandem cockpit for a crew of two. The AH-64 Apache has a four-blade predominant rotor and a four-blade tail rotor. The crew sits in tandem, with the pilot sitting behind and above the co-pilot/gunner. It includes a nose-mounted sensor suite for goal acquisition and evening imaginative and prescient methods. It’s armed with a 30 mm (1.18 in) M230 chain gun carried between the primary touchdown gear, underneath the plane’s ahead fuselage, and 4 hardpoints mounted on stub-wing pylons for carrying armament and shops, usually a combination of AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and Hydra 70 rocket pods. The AH-64 has vital methods redundancy to enhance fight survivability. Since 1984, over 2,600 Apaches have been delivered to the U.S. Military and 17 worldwide prospects. At present, there are greater than 1,260 Apaches working worldwide with greater than 665 representing the E-model.

Boeing Delivers First Upgraded AH-64 Version 6 Apache to Royal Netherlands Air Force
The Royal Netherlands Air Pressure’s first upgraded AH-64E Model 6 Apache assault helicopter. (Photograph by Boeing)