Boeing will make Apache helicopters fly before the 2060s
The manufacturer of attack helicopters AN-64 Apache, Boeing intends to prolong its active “life” until the middle of the XXI century. Already in a short time, it will produce and sell around the world up to 100 modernized machines a year.
AN-64 were adopted in service in the early 80’s. According to the influential magazine Aviation Week & Space Technology, despite the end of the cold war, Boeing intends to increase the production of helicopters, bringing their output to hundreds a year by 2021.
Currently, Apache buys 16 allied countries of the United States, including Great Britain, Japan, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands. To extend the life of the AN-64, modern technologies are widely used – for example, replacing old engines with more advanced ones, with a capacity of up to 6,000 liters. from.
Such modernization will give the upgraded AN-64 improved maneuverability, increase the speed and range, especially in the mountainous terrain (Afghanistan), where the efficiency of the engine is reduced.
Another update is the digitalization of the cockpit, where displays with touch screen technology will be installed on the instrument panel, which will significantly improve the quality and speed of information display, so necessary in modern combat. Boeing also plans to use voice recognition and other interface technologies.