The helicopter AgustaWestland Apache. Specifications. A photo.
AgustaWestland Apache - combat attack helicopter, designed by Italian aircraft manufacturer «AgustaWestland» in 1998 year.
The aircraft AgustaWestland Apache model developed by Italian engineers, aircraft designers on the basis of the American attack helicopters Boeing AH-64 Apache. External his view, both aircrafts are very similar, however, in terms of operational capabilities and flight performance, aircraft are radically different.
For the first time in public attack helicopter AgustaWestland Apache model appeared in 2004 year, however, at this point the production of aircraft of this model has already been completed, and the helicopter was actively used, although its existence is officially announced and it was not.
In contrast to the model Boeing AH-64 Apache, helicopter AgustaWestland Apache is more maneuverable, which provides him an advantage in the fighting, which, however slightly. Much better Italian aircraft manufacturers have made in reducing the sound generated by the helicopter in flight, thus providing the aircraft the possibility of a sudden attack of the enemy, which is very effective.
A photoAgustaWestland Apache
Armed with a helicopter AgustaWestland Apache are:
- Automatic 30 mm. a gun;
- Includes anti-or anti-aircraft missiles;
- Kit rockets.
In the development of the helicopter, the experts decided to abandon the use of machine guns, quite effective in the fight against the enemy's manpower. It was connected with the fact that more aircraft AgustaWestland Apache was planned as a means to combat land lightly armored and armored targets.
The crew of the helicopter AgustaWestland Apache consists of two people - a pilot and arrow, while, in fact, most of the weapons of the helicopter can be controlled by the pilot, while the shooter only provides a higher efficiency in the defeat of the goals during the fight. Due to the fact that the aircraft belongs to a class of combat aircraft, transport helicopters on board people and goods it is impossible.
AgustaWestland Apache photos
The helicopter AgustaWestland Apache is equipped with two gas turbine engines of the brand Rolls-Royce / Turbomeca RTM322, each of which has a thrust of 2100 hp, which in the aggregate volume provides the aircraft to accelerate to a maximum speed of flight in 365 km \ h., With the ability to overcome distance to 540 kilometers.
During its operation, the combat attack helicopter AgustaWestland Apache is actively used in Afghanistan and Libya, where he was able to prove itself quite successfully.
To date, all released by 68 «AgustaWestland» AgustaWestland Apache helicopters are in service with the UK.
Specifications AgustaWestland Apache.
- Crew: 2 person;
- helicopter length: 17,7 m .;
- The height of the helicopter: 3,87 m .;
- The diameter of the rotor: 14,6 m .;
- Weight of empty helicopter: 5165 kg .;
- Maximum takeoff weight: 9525 kg .;
- Cruising speed: 260 km \ h .;
- Maximum flight speed: 365 km \ h .;
- Maximum flight distance: 540 km .;
- Maximum flight height: 6400 m .;
- Powerplant: 2 × Rolls-Royce / Turbomeca RTM322;
- Power: 2 × 2100 hp
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