War against Libya: Libyan resistance destroys helicopter

القوات المسلحة الليبية تسقط طائرة مروحية للناتو

The American Apache attack helicopter that was shot today in the war against Libya, while, according to Obama’s declaration before the American congress, there is ‘no war’…
NATO organized 11,644 Air Missions and 4,409 Combat Sorties. Universities, hospitals and public buildings were destroyed. Civilians were killed.
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The AH-64 Apache is armed with a 30-millimeter (1.2 in) M230 Chain Gun carried between the main landing gear, under the aircraft’s forward fuselage. It has four hardpoints mounted on stub-wing pylons, typically carrying a mixture of AGM-114 Hellfire and Hydra 70 rocket pods. The AH-64 also features double- and triple-redundant aircraft systems to improve survivability for the aircraft and crew in combat, as well as improved crash survivability for the pilots.
It has become the primary attack helicopter of several nations. It has been exported to, including Greece, Japan, Israel, the Netherlands and Singapore; as well as being produced under license in the United Kingdom as the AgustaWestland Apache. U.S.
AH-64s have served in conflicts in Panama, Persian Gulf War, Kosovo War, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Israel has made active use of the Apache in its military conflicts in Lebanon and Gaza Strip, while two coalition allies have deployed their AH-64s in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Primary users: United States Army, Israel Air Force, Egyptian Air Force, Royal Netherlands Air Force.
Unit cost: AH-64A: US$20 million (2007).

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