the Desert Apache AH-74

The Apache AH-64 is a mainstay of the United States Army, and as such the GI Joe team has taken it upon itself to modify this powerful gunship for its own purposes. Hence the AH-74 Desert Apache, a slightly modified version of that vehicle, which functions as follows:

Handling
RV 20
Velocity
RV 30
Durability
RV 20
Protection
RV 10

AGM-114 Hellfire Missiles: in addition to its racks of Hydra 70s, the Desert Apache carries four AGM-114 Hellfire air to surface missiles, two on each wing (further out than the Hydra 70s). These anti-tank missiles add +1 RS damage for each doubling of simultaneous hits:

Handling
RV 20
Velocity
RV 50
Durability
RV 20
Damage
RV 30 Slashing (fragmentary)

Body Armor: the Desert Apache is built rather sturdy. It possesses a protective cockpit blast shield, along with other reinforced armor points across its body. These provide both the Durability and Protection ratings listed for the Desert Apache, above.

Chain Gun: the Desert Apache's main weapon is its 30mm, M230 Chain Gun. It holds a 1,200 round load, and can either fire off a (relatively) short burst of ammunition to inflict rank value 20 Piercing damage, or be fired continuously to inflict rank value 30 Piercing damage.

Communications Gear: the Desert Apache is equipped with a gigahertz frequency, frequency wobbler clandestine operations radio system. This makes for rank value 20 communications power (with a 100 mile range) that features rank value 30 signal encryption.

Flight / Levitation: the Desert Apache can fly - and rather fast, too. It may vary its speed from 0 miles per hour (essentially hovering in place) to a maximum speed of 182 miles per hour, giving it both the Flight and Levitation 'powers', at rank value 30.

Hydra 70 FFARs: the Desert Apache carries eight Hydra 70 FFARs (Folding Fin Aerial Rockets), four on each short wing. These can be fired to inflict the damage listed below, adding +1 RS for each doubling of projectiles which strike a target simultaneously:

Handling
RV 20
Velocity
RV 75
Durability
RV 10
Damage
RV 30 Slashing (fragmentary)

Radar Unit: mounted on the nose of the Desert Apache, this unit can give its operators an idea of the many threats in their surroundings. It can locate and track items within a 1 mile radius on land or in the air, with rank value 30 ability, assuming no ECM is in play.

Extra Goodies:

the Desert Apache AH-74 4C System: Edition 13 Text File Download

the Desert Apache AH-74 Imagery

GI Joe directories featuring a version of the Desert Apache AH-74:

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