The Apache is a twin-engine army attack helicopter developed by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing). It entered service with the U.S. Army in 1984 and has been exported to Egypt, Greece, Israel, the Netherlands, Japan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the UK.
The U.S. Army has more than 800 Apaches in service, and more than 1,000 have been exported. The Apache was first used in combat in 1989 during U.S. military action in Panama. It was used in Operation Desert Storm and has supported low-intensity and peacekeeping operations worldwide, including in Turkey, Bosnia, and Kosovo.
Watch below as Apache helicopters destroy enemy fighting positions above the village of Donga, Afghanistan, in 2009. The positions were discovered a day earlier during an ambush of a patrol conducting a key leader engagement. With help from a forward observer, the helicopters identified the targets, ensuring no civilians were present, and then destroyed the positions using their 30mm cannons and rockets.
Footage courtesy of US Military Photos & Videos
Featured photo courtesy of armyphotos.net
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