|This page is about the Israeli attack helicopter Peten. For other versions, see AH-64 (Family).|
The AH-64 reached Israel in the 1990s. Israel had been an early investor in the Apache program since 1983. Thus, it became the first nation to operate the AH-64 aside from the United States. The AH-64A was the first version of the Apache, and it was nicknamed Peten (which means Cobra in Hebrew). The first models participated in a welcome ceremony and had the same systems as the American nations. The number of AH-64As in service capped at 42 units and they participated in several operations during their lifetime. The Peten variant was used against Hezbollah outposts in Lebanon, in Operation Grapes of Wrath, where an AH-64A helicopter shot two Hellfire missiles at an ambulance, killing the civilians inside. More of these incidents occurred during the next years, which resulted in the reluctance by the United States to sell the AH-64D to Israel.
Being introduced in Update "Danger Zone", the AH-64A Peten is a competent helicopter, both in combined battles and in helicopter PvE matches. With access to good flight performance, capable missiles, and excellent optics, it's very easy picking up targets if you can avoid being targeted by enemy SPAA. The AGM-114B Hellfire is its main weapon, although it also has access to rocket pods and the AIM-92 Stinger air-to-air missile. The Hellfire B is a capable long range ATGM, it's less versatile than the Vikhr but it has more range than most missiles as well as top attack capabilities. Compared to the US variant, the AH-64A lacks access to the AIM-9L, but the AIM-92 is still decently capable, it may only be able to pull 10Gs but, unlike the AIM-9L, has IRCCM, which makes it capable of avoiding flares more easily. One of the biggest flaws of the AH-64A is that it only has access to 60 countermeasures, but overall, is a very solid helicopter with no extreme weak points, that also features a 30 mm cannon with 1,200 rounds of ammunition (the most of all top tier helicopters).
Describe how the helicopter behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.
|Characteristics|| Max Speed
(km/h at 1,000 m)
| Max altitude|
Survivability and armour
Examine the survivability of the helicopter. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical systems.
Modifications and economy
The Peten is armed with:
- A choice between three presets:
- 1 x 30 mm M230E-1 cannon (1,200 rpg)
- 1 x 30 mm M230E-1 cannon + 60 x countermeasures
- 1 x 30 mm M230E-1 cannon + 60 x countermeasures + IRCM
The Peten can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
- Without load
- 76 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets
- 4 x AGM-114B Hellfire missiles
- 8 x AGM-114B Hellfire missiles
- 16 x AGM-114B Hellfire missiles
- 4 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles
Custom loadout options
|Hydra-70 M247 rockets||19||19||19||19|
|AGM-114B Hellfire missiles||2, 4||2, 4||2, 4||2, 4|
|ATAS (AIM-92) missiles||2||2|
Usage in battles
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Pros and cons
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|Cobra||Tzefa D/E · Tzefa A · Tzefa B|
|Apache||Saraph · Peten · AH-64A Peten|