The U.S. Army has conducted operational test of the Version 6 configuration of the AH-64E Apache attack helicopter during the largest Aviation test of 2019, the service announced on 24 June.
“The operational test collected data on the ability of an AH-64E Version 6-equipped unit to conduct attack, reconnaissance, and security missions in land and maritime environments,” said Mr. Larry Hood, a Supervisor Military Test Plans Analyst with the U.S. Army Operational Test Command’s Aviation Test Directorate.
OTC aviation testers employed Soldiers from 1st Air Cavalry Brigade and 3rd Cavalry Regiment from Fort Hood; the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas; and the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado to provide pilots, ground forces, and Unmanned Aerial Systems to complete testing.
Version 6 will add multiple enhancements to Apache fleet including:
– Radar Frequency Interferometer (RFI) passive ranging
– Fire Control Radar range extension and maritime targeting mode
– Cognitive Decision Aiding System (CDAS)
– Modernized Day Sensor Assembly (MDSA) with color and high‑definition displays
– Interoperability with Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) networks
The Army acquisition objective is to procure 767 AH-64E aircraft. Once Version 6 begins fielding, all fielded AH-64E aircraft will be converted to Version 6.