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HH1217 AH-64E Apache Guardian 19-0002, Qatar Emiri Air Force, 2022

The AH-64E Apache Guardian was originally designated AH-64D Block III in 2012 but because of its advanced capabilities compared to previous variants it was renamed. Everything about the AH-64E is bigger and better or improved when compared to earlier variants. A large number of improvements are meant to protect the crew from guns up to 27 mm rounds as well as crash resistant seats. Equipped with new sensors, avionics and night operation capabilities the AH-64E also has the ability to control UAVs.

Three years after Qatar achieved independence from Great Britain in 1971 the Qatar Armed Forces was formed with air arm becoming the Qatari Emiri Air Force. In 2014 Qatar officially ordered 24 AH-64E Guardian Apache with the first delivery taking place ceremony taking place at the Boeing plant in Mesa, Arizona on March 14, 2019. An anticipated date for the complete delivery of the remaining 23 Apaches was May 2020. The purchase also included AGM-114R Hellfire and FIM-92H Stinger missiles. These helicopters were assigned to the U/I Fighter Wing, 2nd Rotary Wing, 41st Squadron.

General Specifications For AH-64E Apache Guardian
Crew – 2 X Pilot On Raised Rear Seat, Co-Pilot/Gunner In Front Seat
Dimensions
Length – 58 ft (17.7 m)
Main Rotor Diameter – 48 ft (14.6 m)
Height – 16.2 ft (4.95 m)
Weight Empty – 10,340 lb (5.17 t)
Maximum Takeoff Weight - 20,860 lb (10.43 t)
Performance
Powerplant – 2 X General Electric T700-GE-701D Turboshaft Horse Power – 1,994 shp Each
Speed
Maximum – 186 mph (300 km/h)
Cruise – 171 mph (275 km/h)
Service Ceiling – 21,000 ft (6,400 m)
Range – 295 mi (476 km)
Armament
1 X 30 mm Cannon W/1,200 Rounds
Missiles
4 X Hardpoints Mounted On Stub-Wing Pylons
16 X AGM-114L Hellfire-2 Anti-Tank
4 X AIM-92 Stinger
OR
4 X Mistral
OR
2 X AIM-9 Sidewinder Air-To-Air
2 X AGM-122 Sidearm Anti-Radiation Rockets
19-Shot Pods With Hydra 70 Unguided Rockets