A flyover of AH-64 Apaches takes place at the Boeing Mesa site in Arizona.

Boeing’s AH-64 Apache attack helicopters have achieved a significant milestone, officially reaching five million flight hours. The accomplishment is equivalent to flying nonstop for more than 208,333 days or 570 years and nine months.

The U.S. Army and its Apache aviators have been congratulated on this impressive achievement by Boeing and the AH-64 team. The AH-64 has been operational since 1984, and the U.S. Army has operated A, D, and E-model Apaches. Currently, the U.S. Army operates D-model Apaches in addition to the AH-64E Apache.

1.3 million of those five million flight hours were accomplished during combat, demonstrating the reliability, versatility, and lethality of the Apache. “With more than five million flight hours, the Apache continues to be reliable, versatile, and lethal,” said Katie Yursky, interim vice president of Attack Helicopter Programs and senior Mesa site executive. “Every hour counts, and we look forward to supporting our soldiers on their next milestone and beyond.”

The U.S. Army’s Col. John (Jay) Maher, Apache Project Manager, said, “The five million flight hours milestone is a testament to the reliability and availability of the Apache in some of the world’s most demanding conditions. Supporting the Soldiers who fly and maintain the Apache is priority one.”

Boeing is upgrading the E-model to Version 6.5, which will include updated software and integrating the Army’s new improved turbine engine. The company also announced the Modernized Apache, a Boeing concept aligned with the U.S. Army’s future modernization efforts, keeping the AH-64 a relevant, multi-domain lethal combat-multiplier for U.S. warfighters and international customers.

Built by Boeing in Mesa, Arizona, the AH-64 is the attack aircraft of choice for 19 defense forces worldwide, with additional international interest. In September 2022, Poland selected Boeing’s AH-64E Apache for the Polish Armed Forces’ new attack helicopter fleet.

The AH-64 Apache attack helicopter is a versatile and lethal combat platform, capable of performing a wide range of missions, including attack, reconnaissance, and security. The helicopter’s advanced technology, sensors, and weapons systems make it an ideal platform for both conventional and asymmetric warfare.

The Apache has a combat radius of over 250 kilometers, allowing it to reach targets deep inside enemy territory. The helicopter is equipped with a 30mm cannon, as well as Hellfire missiles and Hydra rockets, giving it the capability to engage both armored and soft targets.

The Apache’s advanced sensor suite includes a long-range targeting system, infrared sensors, and night vision systems, allowing it to operate in low light and adverse weather conditions. These sensors also provide the crew with situational awareness, allowing them to detect and engage threats from a safe distance.

The Apache’s advanced technology and capabilities have made it a valuable asset to the U.S. military, as well as to other defense forces around the world. Its ability to operate in challenging conditions and perform a wide range of missions has made it an essential part of modern military operations.

Boeing’s commitment to upgrading and modernizing the Apache ensures that it will remain a relevant and capable combat platform for years to come. The Modernized Apache concept, aligned with the U.S. Army’s future modernization efforts, will ensure that the AH-64 remains a versatile and lethal combat-multiplier for U.S. warfighters and international customers.