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But lhis docs llOt indude such costs as support alltl traiuing. Apache training units In 1984 tnining was all-important. The work began with the tnining of six instruClors at rvlesa and at Yuma. J;lI1uary 19K'), used PV04-12 except for 08 and IO which went to the Hunter-Ligget! Reservation for operational testing with the Of-l-58D AilIP. whidl is l;lsked with tksignating Apache targets. The centre for Apadlc tl-aining is Fort Rucker, Alabama. backed up hy Fort Gordon, Georgia, and Fon Eustis, Virginia.

LJn can be supplied with diller linked or linklcss ammunition. In thc Apache the ammunition is conlalne<1 in a giam box in the bouom oC the Cuselage directly undelĀ· the main rotor hub. with a capaeit}' oC 1,200 rounds... A linklcss feed supplies the ammunition along the left side of the helicopter to the gun. a mirror-image duet on the righl side returning the empty cases to the magazine. ". "Stmy light armoured vchick"S. It 40 also has a considerable self-protection capability against air threats such as dose-support aircraft and hostile helicopters, lhouKh of course not against 'L stand-olf interceptor.

In October 1976 Rockwell was selected to enter FSED (full-scale engineering development) of the laser-seeking version, with designation AGM-114A Hellfire (the appropriate name coming from "helicopter-launched fire and forget". 9kg). This Below: An earlv Apache firing rockets at desert targets in 1982. Maximum load is four launchers each with 19 FFARs, a total of 76. Here the inboard pylons are occupied by Hellfires. Hellfire development As noted earlier, Hughes Aircraft (prime conTracTor for TOW) and Rockwell International fought for the new missile, starting work in late 1973.

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