25 April 2009

Singapore Strengthen Capabilities With AH-64D Apache And Hellfire II Missiles

14 Juni 1999

After more than a year of discussions and evaluations, the Singapore government chose AH-64D Apache attack helicopters to fulfill the country's development of its modern and balanced armed forces. The Apache was selected over several other attack helicopters, according to Dr. Tony Tan, Singapore Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister, who made the announcement. With the announcement, Singapore became the 8th nation to select the Apache.

AH-64D Apache Longbow of the Royal Singapore Air Force (photo : NTU)

The eight Apaches will be flown by the Singapore air force. The aircraft will not include Longbow Fire Control Radars. The brains and brawn of the Apaches are the Target Acquisition System/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (TADS/PNVS) and the Hellfire II missiles, both produced by Lockheed Martin Electronics & Missiles in Orlando, FL. The TADS/PNVS enables Apache pilots to fly at very low altitudes in total darkness and in poor weather, see ground targets, and destroy them at standoff ranges using Hellfire missiles. The Hellfire II missile achieves pinpoint accuracy by homing in on reflected laser energy aimed at the target from the TADS laser designator/rangefinder. The Hellfire II defeats advanced armor in the presence of severe electro-optical countermeasures.

When Singapore's orders are placed, total AH-64D orders will increase to 337, including 232 for the U.S. Army, 67 for the United Kingdom and 30 for The Netherlands. Over 1,000 Apaches, both A and D models, have been delivered since program inception. To date, nearly 8,000 Hellfire IIs have been delivered to the U.S. Army and Marine Corps and foreign government customers.

The AH-64D Apache is the world's only fourth-generation combat helicopter, featuring fully integrated avionics and weapons and a state-of-the-art modem that transmits real-time, secure digitized battlefield information to a wide range of air and ground forces. It incorporates a series of enhancements that make it more effective in combat, and more survivable, deployable and maintainable in the field. The Apache has been widely deployed on most U.S. military missions, including the 1991 Gulf War.

With company headquarters in Orlando, Lockheed Martin Electronics & Missiles is a world leader in electro-optics, smart munitions, anti armor and air defense systems. It is a unit of the Lockheed Martin Electronics sector, a leader in the design, development and manufacture of electronics systems for global defense, civil and commercial markets.

Sumber : Lockheed Martin

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