Hobbymaster 1/72nd scale HH1207 Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian 31601, ROK Army. 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.
The South Korean Army bought thirty six Boeing AH-64E helicopters that included six that were equipped with the Longbow fire control radar. The Longbow provides the ability to detect up to one hundred and twenty eight targets at the same time at distances up to twelve kilometers. The ROK Army equipped two battalions with the new AH-64Es. The AH-64E is meant to replace the ninety ageing ROKA Bell AH-1S Cobra attack helicopter that began service in 1977. The ROK Marines have opted for the KAI (Korea Aerospace Industries) Surion.