The “HAWK”

For 2016, the Apache helicopter which is used by the demo team will be a standard painted version.

The Q-18 is a standard Dutch Apache dedicated to the demonstrations calendars for the coming season. This relieves the squadron from the difficult task of finding a spare aircraft for each show.

The Hellfire racks and rocket pods are removed from the helicopter. This saves weight, enabling the Apache to speed up faster in between the individual manoeuvres.

The aircraft also flies the show with a minimum amount of fuel on board. This also saves weight and allows the helicopter to accelerate faster between individual manoeuvres.

For 2016 the HAWK is also equipped with AMASE pods. These are used to fire the flares during the display. These pods are normally used in Afghanistan to deceive heat-seeking missiles.

 

Technical Specifications

Registration number:
Q-18

Specifications:
Length = 17.70  m
Hight =  5.33 m
Rotor diameter = 14.63 m

Engines:
2x General Electric T700-GE-701C 1940 SHP per engine
Weight: 
maximum  10.455 kg

Speed:
Cruise speed  222 km/HR, maximum 365 km/h
Range:
465  -  485 km or 2,5 hours

CREW:
2

Armament:
Hellfire anti-tank missiles (maximum 16)
2.75 inch unguided rockets (maximum 76)
30 mm canon (maximum 1200 rounds)

NL Apache registration numbers:
Q-01 t/m Q-30
Manufacturer:
Boeing