Longbow Apache Trainer: First Deployable Simulator for Army.

National DefenseVol. 86 Nbr. 576, November 2001

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Longbow Apache Trainer: First Deployable Simulator for Army.

Deployable training devices promise new flexibility for the U.S. Army, which wants to become a more mobile fighting force. They are especially important to attack-helicopter battalions, with their expensive aircraft and weapons.

The AH-64D Longbow Apache attack helicopter currently costs about $3,400 an hour to fly and a full load of 16 Hellfire missiles is priced at about $2 million. With the introduction of a new Longbow trainer, crews will be able to fly basic and tactical maneuvers, and engage targets with all onboard weapons--for a few hundred dollars per flight hour.

Economics aside, Apache units in Europe and elsewhere simply don't have live-fi...

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