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Apache Longbow Block III
The Army's next-generation attack helicopter, the AH-64D Apache Longbow Block III (AB3), makes its professional debut today in Mesa, Ariz., and received a special blessing with some unique fanfare. The White Mountain Apache Tribe joined the celebration by conducting a solemn ceremony at dawn that honored Apache -- First Flight (Maintenance Flight) -- ancestors and bestowed Indian blessing for strength and endurance on the newest evolution of this Apache helicopter. Army Aviation’s leading general officers – MG Tim Crosby, PEO Aviation, and MG Anthony Crutchfield, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence – were on-hand to personally welcome this aircraft to the Army fleet. So what makes the Apache Block 3 stand-out? Let’s look at some hard facts: -- Faster: Combat speed around 164 knots, about 20 knots faster than those currently in service -- Higher: Ability to operate at 6,000 feet and 95 degrees at an out-of-ground effect hover with a full mission payload -- Efficient: Re-manufacture program, that upgrades and furbishes existing Apaches with AB3 specific capability insertions -- To learn more visit http://armylive.dodlive.mil/index.php/2011/11/apache-longbow-block-iii/