|Type||Heavy Attack Helicopter|
|Top speed||~ 293 km/h|
|Service ceiling||6,000 m|
|Fuel capacity||1000 fuel units|
- Heavy gunship
|«||The Apache AH Mk1 is a licence-built version of the AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter for the British Army. It is a four-blade, two-seat, twin-engine attack helicopter.
The Apache is armed with a 30mm M230 Chain Gun and with AGM-114 Hellfire and Hydra 70 rocket pods.
The Apache is a derivative of the AH-64D helicopter gunship used by the U.S. Army. Custom-built to meet the specific requirements of the British military, the Apache can conduct precision attacks, armed reconnaissance, and provide close air support.
By default, the Apache is armed with a 30 mm chain gun mounted beneath the nose of the cockpit.
Its other armament consists of twin 70 mm rocket pods and infrared-guided, air-to-ground anti-tank guided missiles; both of which are carried on stub wing pylons attached to both sides of the airframe.
The Apache always carries 8 Hellfire ATGMs for destroying tanks, while the M230 chain gun feeds from a single 1,200-round linked belt of high-explosive dual purpose (HEDP) shells, and can be zeroed up to a maximum distance of 1,200 metres.
Each of the CRV-7PG rocket pods are loaded with specific munitions; one pod fires rockets fitted with flechette anti-tank (FAT) warheads, while the other is loaded to fire rockets fitted with high-explosive point detonating (HEPD) warheads instead. Both pods carry up to 19 rockets each for a combined total of 38 rockets.
When it comes to handling, avionics, and armament, the Apache is virtually identical to its American counterpart. And like the AH-64D, the Apache serves as the heavier counterpart to lighter gunships in the British Army's fleet of helicopters; in this case, it supplements the AH-11 Wildcat in the anti-armour role.
Though it is incapable of transporting passengers into battle, the Apache compensates for this by being more heavily armoured and well-protected against small arms fire. It can even resist limited amounts of punishment from heavier anti-aircraft weapons like the Russian-made ZU-23, though obviously this doesn't mean that the Apache will emerge unscathed every time (it will still take severe damage if it is struck by more than a few shells).
The Apache has a maximum seating capacity for a crew of two that consists of the pilot and the gunner.
The Apache has a base armour value of 60.
The hull can withstand 60 points of damage.
The engine can only survive 15 points of damage before failing. A damaged engine will cause AH-1s to have difficulty gaining lift due to a reduced power output.
The cockpit's flight instruments can only take 9 points of damage. The pilot/gunner's Head Mounted Display (HMD) will flicker if damaged, but will only be disabled if the instruments are critically damaged.
The main rotor can only withstand 18 points of damage. Disabling the main rotor will prevent the pilot from being able to maintain lift. At least 30% of damage is always shared with the helicopter's main "health" pool.
The tail rotor is limited to taking just 12 points of damage. Disabling the tail rotor will prevent the pilot from being able to control the main rotor's torque. At least 10% of damage will be shared with the main "health" pool of the AH-1.
The gunner position controls all weapon systems on the AH-64D regardless of variant. For optics, they have access to three fields of view and can toggle either day, night or black-hot/white-hot thermal vision modes:
|Base damage value||Aerodynamic friction||Initial velocity (m/s)|
30 mm chain gun. Strong against groups of infantry and unarmoured/lightly-armoured ground vehicles, as well as low-flying helicopters.
It can attain a fire rate of up to 625 rounds per minute and has a muzzle velocity of 805 m/s. At distances of approximately 1,500 metres, the M230 has a dispersion spread of 0.002 rad. The shells are partially armour penetrating, but have a blast radius of just 1 metre.
|Damage type||Base damage value||Maximum speed (m/s)|
Anti-tank guided missiles. Locks on via infrared only, but can also be guided via laser instead (both have a maximum range of 8,000 metres).
Missiles are soft launched and take a further 3.25 seconds after launch to reach a top speed of 425 m/s in mid-flight. There is always an imposed delay of 1 second in-between launches. The warheads have a blast radius of 2 metres.
|Warhead type||Damage type||Base damage value||Maximum speed (m/s)|
Forward-facing, twin 70 mm rocket pods.
It can launch two types of rockets fitted with different warheads:
- High-Explosive Point Detonating (HEPD): Moderate damage, 10 metre blast radius
- Flechette Anti-Tank (FAT): High damage, 2 metre blast radius
There is an imposed delay of 0.09 seconds in-between launches (~ 667 RPM). They have initial velocities of 44 m/s and take a further 1 second for their motors to reach a top speed of 740 m/s in mid-flight.
The Apache has an integrated Missile Approach Warning System, and will alert the pilot of incoming missiles that are locked onto it.
The Apache has a Radar Warning Receiver, and will alert the pilot of being locked onto by radar-based targeting systems.
The Apache has an Infrared Warning Receiver, and will alert the pilot of being locked onto by infrared-based targeting systems.
- Real-world AH-1s have modified avionics and are visually different to their American counterpart, though the ArmA 2 AH-1 has virtually no differences to the AH-64D used by the in-game USMC/U.S. Army factions aside from the CRV-7 rocket pods.
- Prior to the latest Steam version patches, the CRV-7's FAT rockets had a 10 metre blast radius despite being an anti-armour payload with minimal splash in reality.
- This was refactored following the Community Configuration Project updates, which properly corrected it to only 2 metres, while its initial 10 metre blast radius was given to the HEPD rockets.
Aircraft of comparable role and configuration
|British Army - Vehicles (ArmA 2)|
|Wheeled||ATV • Jackal 2 MWMIK • Military Offroad • MTVR|
|Rotor-wing||Apache AH-1 • AH-11 Wildcat • Chinook HC4 • Merlin HC3|
|(Parenthesis) denote variants.|
Operation Arrowhead | British Armed Forces