Aircraft

Apache: Everything you need to know about the British Army attack helicopter

Since entering service in 2005, the Apache has been used in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.

The Apache is one of the most advanced attack helicopters in the world.

It is described by the British Army as "probably the most sophisticated piece of equipment in the world available to frontline troops".

Designed to find and destroy air defence units, tanks and armoured vehicles, the Apache is capable of a large range of battlefield tasks.

This includes reconnaissance missions, casualty evacuations, troop transport and anti-tank combat.

The helicopter's Longbow radar, located above the main rotor blades, allows the Apache to detect and classify up to 256 potential targets, show 128 of them to the crew and prioritise the top 16 threats in a matter of seconds.

Watch: Apache vs Wildcat – on exercise with Army's new 1st Aviation Brigade in August 2021.

As well as the impressive radar, Apaches carry an array of weapons, including a 30mm chain gun, 70mm rockets and Hellfire missiles to provide choice and flexibility.

It can carry up to 16 Hellfire missiles, 76 Hydra 70 rockets and 1,200 rounds of cannon ammunition

The helicopter is also fitted with optical and thermal imaging sights, used to visually identify potential targets – allowing the Apache to be operated in all weathers, day or night.

Capable of flying at 330kph, the Apache has a maximum load of 7,746kg and is operated by two personnel.

The combat radius of the Apache is 60 nm, however, the range and endurance of the Apache can also be further increased using wing-mounted fuel tanks.

And, to increase its survivability, the Apache comes with a fully integrated, state-of-the-art Defensive Aid Suite.

Since entering service in 2005, the Apache has been used in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) announced in January 2022 the British Army was testing a new Apache helicopter which is expected to enter service in 2023.