After acquiring Hughes Helicopters in 1984 for $ 500 million, McDonnell Douglas took over and accelerated the AH-64 production program. In April 1986, the AH-64 was officially put on service in the United States Army. And after McDonnell Douglas merged with Boeing in 1997, production continued to be maintained by Boeing Defense, Space & Security. Up until now, more than 2,000 AH-64 Apache variants have been shipped.
In addition to the United States, the AH-64 is also manufactured under license in the United Kingdom by AgustaWestland Apache (WAH-64 version) and in Japan by Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) (version AH-64DJ)
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