Saraph

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VTOL | Rank 5 USA
AV-8A Harrier Pack
Saraph
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Saraph
AB RB SB
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Purchase:1 020 000 Specs-Card-Lion.png
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Description

The introduction of the AH-64D (named Saraph) to Israel was controversial. The Obama administration blocked the sale of that specific version due to investigations of misuse of US military equipment against civilians. The first unit was sold in 2005 and an order of six was blocked in 2009. Most AH-64As in service with the IAF were eventually upgraded to the AH-64D variant to circumvent the blockade of sales, the upgrade plans included the improved AGM-114K Hellfire II and better fire control systems. Between 2007 and 2010, Israel put in more orders to buy the AH-64D in larger quantities, however most attempts failed due to the US investigation. Not all AH-64As were upgraded to the D variant however, but some were fitted with the American Hydra-70 and improved electronic equipment. Some AH-64Ds were used in air-to-air interception, specially against UAVs and other slow moving targets that don't need to be intercepted by aircraft.

Introduced in Update "Danger Zone", the improved AH-64D-I Saraph comes with the same strengths as the previous AH-64A Peten. That means a good flight performance, very capable ATGMs, and excellent optics. However, the Saraph now also includes a search radar located on top of the helicopter, specifically the AN/APG-78 radar, that is operates in the K band and has all-aspect capabilities. While it's not able to lock onto targets, it is a very good option to detect enemy aircraft around you and potentially other helicopters if they are flying high over the terrain. The weapons systems remain the same as the Peten, but it now has access to the Hellfire II, with a better guidance system and higher explosive mass.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 1 000 m295 km/h
Max altitude5 400 m
Engine2 х General Electric T700-GE-701C
Take-off weight10 t

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
(metres)
AB RB
Stock 272 253 5400
Upgraded ___ ___

Survivability and armour

Crew2 people
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear420 km/h

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

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB9 700 → 14 307 Sl icon.png
RB4 580 → 6 755 Sl icon.png
SB5 749 → 8 479 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications303 000 Rp icon.png
446 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 800 Ge icon.png
Crew training290 000 Sl icon.png
Experts1 020 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 800 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 080 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
100 / 220 / 330 % Sl icon.png
232 / 232 / 232 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods jet compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
Mods cd 98 main rotor.png
Replacing helicopter blades
Research:
23 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
34 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine.png
Engine
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png
Mods heli flak jacket.png
Flak jacket
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
Mods heli structure.png
Helicopter frame
Research:
23 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
34 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine extinguisher.png
EFS
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
49 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
72 000 Sl icon.png
950 Ge icon.png
Mods weapon.png
aden_new_gun
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
Mods heli false thermal targets.png
Flares/Chaff
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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AGM-114
Research:
23 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
34 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods thermal sight.png
NVD
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png
Mods air to air missile.png
AIM-92 Stinger
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png
Mods atgm heli preset.png
AGM-114 2
Research:
49 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
72 000 Sl icon.png
950 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Night vision devices
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.
Thermal imager
Allows to see thermal radiation in the infrared range day and night
Ballistic Computer
CCIP (Guns) CCIP (Rockets) CCIP (Bombs)
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Offensive armament

Main article: M230E-1 (30 mm)

The Saraph is armed with:

  • 1 x 30 mm M230E-1 cannon, chin turret (1,200 rpg)
  • 180 x countermeasures

Suspended armament

The Saraph can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

1 2 3 4 5 6
Hardpoints Peten.png
Hydra-70 M247 rockets 19 19 19 19
AGM-114K Hellfire II missiles 2, 4 2, 4 2, 4 2, 4
ATAS (AIM-92) missiles 2 2
Default weapon presets
  • Without load
  • 76 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets
  • 4 x AGM-114K Hellfire II missiles
  • 8 x AGM-114K Hellfire II missiles
  • 16 x AGM-114K Hellfire II missiles
  • 4 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles

Usage in battles

Describe the tactics of playing in a helicopter, the features of using the helicopter in a team and advice on tactics. Refrain from creating a "guide" - do not impose a single point of view, but instead, give the reader food for thought. Examine the most dangerous enemies and give recommendations on fighting them. If necessary, note the specifics of the game in different modes (AB, RB, SB).

Pros and cons

Summarise and briefly evaluate the vehicle in terms of its characteristics and combat effectiveness. Mark its pros and cons in the bulleted list. Try not to use more than 6 points for each of the characteristics. Avoid using categorical definitions such as "bad", "good" and the like - use substitutions with softer forms such as "inadequate" and "effective".

Pros:

Cons:

History

Describe the history of the creation and combat usage of the helicopter in more detail than in the introduction. If the historical reference turns out to be too long, take it to a separate article, taking a link to the article about the vehicle and adding a block "/History" (example: https://wiki.warthunder.com/(Vehicle-name)/History) and add a link to it here using the main template. Be sure to reference text and sources by using <ref></ref>, as well as adding them at the end of the article with <references />. This section may also include the vehicle's dev blog entry (if applicable) and the in-game encyclopedia description (under === In-game description ===, also if applicable).

Media

Skins
Videos

See also

Related development

External links

Paste links to sources and external resources, such as:

  • topic on the official game forum;
  • other literature.


Israel helicopters
Attack 
MD 500  Lahatut
Battle Hawk  AH-60
Cobra  Tzefa D/E · Tzefa A · Tzefa B
Apache  Saraph · Peten · AH-64A Peten