Actually I think this helicopter is even more deadly than it seems in the film. Years ago, probably even more than 10 years ago, I had been able to play a flight simulation of this helicopter on a computer.
AH-64D Longbow is an ultra-realistic PC flight simulator of the world’s most advanced attack helicopter, the AH-64D Longbow. Released on May 31 1996, this simulation was developed atOrigin Systems, Inc. by producer Andy Hollis and director Will McBurnett. AH-64D Longbow was the second simulator released under the Jane’s Combat Simulators line from Electronic Arts.
It had the most authentic flight model for a helicopter (for its time), and every aspect of the electronics systems were meticulously detailed. The weapons had realistic operational ranges and limits, and all friendly and enemy units were strictly based on their real-life counterparts. You got a wingman to help you, and you took on Russian equipment in multiple single missions and campaigns, as well as a handful of historically-accurate missions in which you could ‘re-live’ memorable battles.
The helicopter has a 30mm cannon. When they say 30 milimeter, this is the width of the projectile itself, not the length. This cannon is not aimed the ordinary way with a sight. When the gunner moves his helmet and looks at a target, the cannon moves with it, shortening the time to fire. The first version of the helicopter had hellfire anti-tank missles which were guided to the target with a laser. This puts the helicopter in danger since the helicopter would be seen by the enemy as the missle approaches the target. The helicopter featured here is a more advanced version (the Longbow). This version has a radar above the rotor which can scan the area for tanks, duck behind a hill and shoot all its missles while it is behind the hill. The missles which may approach several targets at once go to their respective designations and hit the target.
At night, aside from the infra red sensors it has to spot hotspots, the helicopter can optionally amplify the light from the moon or the stars if now hotspots are available.
While the popular russian helicopter the “Hind” is known for its size, this helicopter is known for its technology.
Below is a filmclip showing the “Hind” in the movie “Rambo”.