The customer

The Boeing AH-64 Apache is twin-engine attack helicopter.The prototype YAH-64 was first flown on 30 September 1975. The helicopter was introduced to U.S. Army service in April 1986. Over 2,000 AH-64s have been produced to date.The U.S. Army is the primary operator of the AH-64; it has also become the primary attack helicopter of multiple nations, including Greece, Japan, Israel, the Netherlands and Singapore; as well as being produced under license in the United Kingdom

The challenge

Exova has worked on the Boeing Apache programme since its inception in the early 70’s. As part of the aircraft’s ongoing development Boeing contracted Exova to conduct specialist materials testing on key components.

The solution

Exova’s Santa Fe Springs, California, laboratory undertook a range of mechanical testing at various temperatures on metallic transmission materials to provide Boeing with key performance parameters.

This work further underlined how our testing has helped to advance materials performance ensuring the aircraft remains at the very forefront of military aviation worldwide.

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