. AH-64Es also have Internet- like capabilities enabling these gunships to quickly exchange images, video, and so on with other aircraft and ground troops
It is limited to 260Kmph, due to the Longbow Mast mounted Radar..
The AH-64 can operate at night and has a top speed of 260 kilometers an hour."
There's more, in case anyone's interested.
It is limited to 260Kmph, due to the Longbow Mast mounted Radar.
Limited by It's mast mounted Millimeter Wave
The reason I asked the OP for more details was because, as usual a new thread on a YT video, and thats it. The video doesn't give any details of when the test happened, or under what parameters.
My gut feeling is, with the AH1Z becoming operational, plus its advertising that it can carry Stingers, Boeing decided to add this capability as well. Although this, and the ablity to carry AGM-112 Anti-Radiation missile has long been there, it hasn't really been exercised by any operator, except on rare occasions, due to it's limited payload.
I will add whatever detail I can, in a few minutes. Meanwhile, your point makes for thoughtful reading. Does this mean that most users see an attack helicopter as a tactical weapon of opportunity? It flies in supporting fast-moving armour, and shoots at anything, particularly soft-skinned targets, that moves? Do battlefield commanders ever think of it as a pioneer, clearing out fire-detecting radar from the other side, closing out the counter-battery options, and enabling the armoured component to charge faster, harder? It seems that a little doctrine-building is in order, and thinking of these helicopters as fast, quick immediate reaction weapons actually is just a Band-Aid on operations plans. If something goes wrong, let the attack helicopters fix it, rather than, before anything goes wrong, let's streamline our attack and kill the enemy infrastructure before we attack the enemy firepower before we attack the enemy soldiery.
An answer might lie in the possibility that since attack helicopters may not have been used in combined arms attacks extensively, their use as a weapons type to be planned out in advance as well as in contingency planning may not have happened. However, I would be surprised to know, in these days of micro-management, that such a possibility actually existed.