RSAF upgrades AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopters with new mission systems


The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) is upgrading AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopters with new mission systems.

According to a statement posted on the Singapore's Ministry of Defence, the upgrades are expected to improve the helicopter's survivability and mission capabilities.

Improvements involve equipping the AH-64D with a helicopter-integrated electronic warfare system (HIEWS) to enhance satellite communications for more robust communications.

The ministry said: "The RSAF has always taken a rigorous and prudent approach in planning for our defence needs, and will equip sufficient helicopters to meet Singapore's defence requirements."

"The RSAF has always taken a rigorous and prudent approach in planning for defence needs and will equip sufficient helicopters to meet Singapore's defence requirements."

The modernisation programme is expected to be completed over the next few years.

The Boeing-built AH-64D Apache Longbow has longer-range weapon accuracy and all-weather/night fighting capability.

The helicopter has the ability to detect moving or stationary objects without being detected. It can complete classification and threat prioritisation of up to 128 targets in less than a minute.

Boeing's AH-64D Apache has integrated sensors, networking, and digital communications for situational awareness, as well as management of the combat arena in real time, and digital transmission of images and target locations to joint operations battlefield commanders.

Powered by two turboshaft engines, Apache has a maximum cruise speed of 284km/h.

The helicopter can be armed with a combination of laser-guided precision Hellfire missiles, 70mm rockets, and a 30mm automatic cannon with up to 1,200 high-explosive, dual-purpose ammunition rounds.


Image: RSAF AH-64D Longbow Apache. Photo: courtesy of EH10 via Wikipedia.