Prototype Film. Following the cancellation of the ill-fated AH-56 Cheyenne helicopter designed to replace the AH-1 Cobra, the United States Army sought an aircraft to fill an anti-armor attack role. The Army wanted an aircraft better than the AH-1 Cobra in firepower, performance and range. To this end, the US Army issued a request for proposals for an Advanced Attack Helicopter in 1972. After evaluating test results, the Army selected Hughes’ YAH-64 over Bell’s YAH-63 in 1976. Reasons for selecting the YAH-64 included its more damage tolerant four-blade main rotor and the stability of the YAH-64’s tricycle landing gear arrangement. It was built to endure front-line environments and to operate during the day or night and in adverse weather using avionics and electronics, such as the Target Acquisition and Designation System, Pilot Night Vision System (TADS/PNVS), passive infrared countermeasures, Global Positioning System (GPS), and the Integrated Helmet And Display Sight System (IHADSS). Its primary long range missile is the Hellfire.
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