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What is the maximum speed of our Apache in IRL?


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Title says it all.  🙂

Why I ask the question here and not just search?

well, I find many answers but all differ sometimes more sometimes less.

In general, however, the speeds are usually higher than what our Apache can achieve in DCS, or is this correct?


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The reason you will probably have many different answers is because it depends heavily on a variety of factors such as:
- Environmental conditions such as altitude and temperature
- Gross weight
- Munitions/equipment loadout; having an FCR and a full slab of 16 Hellfires adds considerable amounts to drag, not just gross weight
- Engine health/condition

Let's scratch the last one off the list and assume that the DCS AH-64D has engines fresh off the production line.

Recently, someone posted a performance chart on here (against rule 1.16 I might add), and claimed that the aircraft could go X speed under Y conditions. Performance charts are just a snapshot of what the performance might be for planning purposes. Individual aircraft may even vary, depending on their own "personality" and how effectively the maintenance test pilots have dialed in the track and balance of the rotor system.

Lastly, I'll just say the usual "DCS AH-64D flight model is still WIP" and I won't go into the real world numbers on here for reasons. But trust that the SME's involved with the project are trying to make it as authentic as possible within what can reasonably be shared.  Also keep in mind that websites like wikipedia, fas.org, or globalsecurity.org tend to simply repeat what each other says in a circular-reporting fashion, so take information from such "sources" with a grain of salt.

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