[Photo] 24 U.S. Apache attack helicopters perform mass landing in South Korea

Apr 21 2014 - 21 Comments

A horde of AH-64 Apache: that’s a show of force!

The image in this post shows 24 AH-64D Longbow Apache attack helicopters with the 4th Aerial Reconnaissance Battalion (Attack), 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade conduct a mass landing at Camp Humphreys, South Korea on Apr. 18.

The photo is quite rare as the U.S. Army unit does not usually fly all of its 24 choppers in one mission.

Based on their own description on FB, the battalion, also known as the “Death Dealers,” conduct scenario based training at a moment’s notice keeping the battalion ready to “Fight Tonight.”

Image credit: U.S. Army/2nd Combat Aviation Brigade


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  • R.Lopaka
  • Ian Paterson

    Quick count would say 7 AH-64-Ds, the rest AH-64-As Impressive picture no less.

    • FX102A

      Actually all are AH-64D’s, its just some are not fitted with the mast-mounted Longbow radar (its an optional fitting).
      Of course they could be AH-64E’s, depends if the batallion has had them delivered yet.

      • DXGR

        FX102A, you are correct. They are all D models.

    • B-Sabre

      The A’s are either out or are almost out of service by now.

  • DCNative57

    I count 8, but your point is well taken.

    • marco

      The other 16 are without radar on the rotor…

      • DCNative57

        exactly. there are 8 equipped with longbow radars, which makes sense as they generally fly in flights of three and can piggy back on the D’s targeting capabilities provided they have the right hellfires.

        • AlexWrite

          They are all AH-64Ds. You’re right about being able to “piggy back” to a certain degree. We don’t need the right kind of missile to make an FCR’s scan valuable. That’s a long story though. Point is, lack of FCR doesn’t mean it’s not an AH-64D. No units fly alphas anymore. By the way, I was gun 8. First aircraft on the left WITH an FCR.

  • C-2Bro

    Impressive, especially from a maintenance perspective!

  • I think someone came back from a Call of Duty Kill Streak

  • Gman

    384 Hellfires possibly could be carried by that swarm. That’s enough to wipe out an entire armored division, every tank, APC, and support vehicle. Pretty amazing, I wonder what Kim Jong UUUNNN and his haircut think of that.

  • germanlion

    That’s all you need to stop North Korea

  • Marco

    So 24 Us Army Apache’s are a “mass” while a flyover by 27 Iranian jet fighters is “not so massive”. That’s weird.

    • cencio4

      Simple: if an entire air force arranges a flyover of 27 jets it’s not impressive. If one battalion arranges a single mission with 24 choppers, well that’s impressive. One Battalion vs One Air Force…

    • Greg

      That’s a good point, Marco. That’s what is known as the American practice of double standards.

  • Are all of them Longbows? I thought Longbow always had the radar array on top (just 6 on the picture), but probably I’m wrong :/

  • R.Lopaka

    OK…It was TWO Apaches and a multiple exposure!!!!

  • Marco

    Eh I was just comparing the relevant articles’ words.