Originally, the Apache started life as the Model 77 developed by Hughes Helicopters for the U.S. Army’s Advanced Attack Helicopter program to replace the AH-1 Cobra, and was first flown on September 30, 1975. The AH-64 was introduced to U.S. Army service in April 1986. Since that time, over 1,174 aircraft have been placed into service. A key component of the US Army’s defense repertoire, this airframe has gained international renown and respect. Impresa’s efforts, with Boeing’s guidance, continue to support strengthen its continued success.
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