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This article is about the HECU helicopter. For the Combine helicopter, see Hunter-Chopper.

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AH-64 Apache
General information

Attack helicopter

  • 150/250/400


  • Chain gun
  • Guided rockets
  • Missiles
Game information
  • monster_apache
  • monster_blkop_apache
  • hvr_rocket (missile)

Ken Birdwell (artificial intelligence)[1]

The AH-64 Apache is a US military attack helicopter used by the HECU and the Black Ops during the Black Mesa Incident. It is armed with rockets and a 360-degree swiveling turret, making attempts to engage it without cover futile. Several Apaches were stationed at Black Mesa before the Resonance Cascade occurred, and more were brought in from nearby Santego Military Base, Arizona, after the event. It is important to note that the HECU Apache is owned by the US Army, and not the Marine Corps, as shown by the writings on the sides, which implies that the HECU are either a coalition between the two, or that the aircraft is borrowed. The Black Ops Apache has no such markings.



The Apache is first seen during the train ride in Half-Life's first chapter, Black Mesa Inbound, idling on a helipad. The player first encounters it in a combat situation in the chapter Surface Tension, in which one is providing close air support for some dug-in HECU troops guarding the Hydro-Electric Dam Freeman must cross. It pursues Freeman through desert areas until it is defeated with the RPG on a steep cliff preceding the Topside Motorpool.

Half-Life: Opposing Force[edit]

A Black Ops Apache can be seen in the ruined Ordinance Storage Facility during the chapter "The Package". It is fighting Race X creatures and attacks the player when they are all defeated.

Half-Life: Blue Shift[edit]

The Apache can be seen flying above Area 8 Topside Dormitories at the very start of the game, over a Black Mesa flag.

Half-Life: Decay[edit]

In Decay, several Apaches can be seen passing by through the lobby's roof in Sector C during the fourth chapter, Resonance.


The Apache is a tough and effective foe. It is armored against small arms fire, meaning that, although it is possible to take one down with bullets, destroying the Apache with anything less than explosives or experimental weaponry is difficult. The RPG is by far the most effective weapon against the Apache, but it (or sufficient ammunition for it) may not always be available. In these cases, the Tau Cannon can destroy it with only a couple of hits with a charged shot (only one in Easy mode). If both are unavailable, shooting the main rotor works, though it takes a long time and wastes ammo and health.


  • The Apache is primarily used by the US Army (the "Army" decal is also visible on the model). As the United States Marine Corps uses the AH-1 SuperCobra as their attack helicopter, this suggests joint involvement between multiple military branches for the same operation.
  • The missile model seen in Half-Life does not represent the actual standard missile used by the AH-64 Apache, the AGM-114 Hellfire.




List of appearances[edit]

Main games[edit]



  1. Interview with Ken Birdwell on Voodoo Extreme (December 15, 1998) (archived)

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