First AH-64DJP Delivered to the JGSDF
15 Mar 2006
Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) today delivered the first AH-64D Apache Longbow multi-role combat helicopter to the Japanese government during a ceremony in Japan.
Boeing handed over the first AH-64D to FHI in December 2005. After shipment, the aircraft was reassembled by FHI and first flown on January 25, 2006.
The second helicopter also produced by Boeing is expected to be handed over to the Japanese government soon. The aircraft will now undergo initial aircraft qualification by the Japan Ground Self Defense Force. The JGSDF has currently 10 AH-64DJPs on order, the remaining eight are to be produced under license by FHI.
The JGSDF total requirement is expected to be for 50-55 new combat helicopters, although various other reports state 70-80 Apaches.
The Japanese version of the AH-64D Apache Longbow features air-to-air Stinger missile launcher capabilities and GE T700-701C engines produced under license by Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries (IHI).