Hobbymaster 1/72nd scale HH1206 Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian 812/10012, Taiwan Army 2010. Buy online at Flying Tigers.
In the early 1970’s the US Army wanted a replacement for the AH-1 Cobra so companies submitted proposals. In July 1973 the list was shortened to Hughes and Bell with each building a prototype in 1975. The Army selected the Hughes helicopter because its landing gear was more stable and the main rotor was more damage tolerant. In 1981 3 pre-production AH-64As were given to the Army for testing and named Apache. The Apache went into production in 1982 and has evolved into one of the deadly machines over the battle field.
Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian 812/10012 c/nTW012 Bu.No 11-00012 was accepted by the Taiwan Army December 13, 2013. The ROCA received thirty AH-64Es that would equip two squadrons of the 601st Air Cavalry Brigade and stationed at Taoyuan’s Longtan District in northern Taiwan. The purpose of the northern location is to defend against any land operations in that area. One AH-64E crashed while training leaving twenty nine serviceable. Their AN/APG-78 Longbow fire-control target acquisition radar gives the helicopter day/night, all-weather, 360°
search capabilities up to 8 km.