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

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 difficult.

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.




The Apache in an ad.

The Apache is first seen during Gordon Freeman's tram ride to Sector C Test Labs, idling on a helipad.[1]

The first encounter in a combat situation occurs during the second day of the Black Mesa Incident, in which one is providing close air support for a dug-in HECU troop guarding the Hydro-Electric Dam Freeman must cross.[2] It pursues Freeman through desert areas until it is defeated with the RPG on a steep cliff preceding the Topside Motorpool.

Half-Life: Blue Shift

The Apache is seen flying above Area 8 Topside Dormitories at the start of Barney Calhoun's tram ride to work.[3]

Half-Life: Opposing Force

A Black Ops Apache is seen in the ruined Ordinance Storage Facility,[4] it is fighting Race X creatures and attacks Adrian Shephard when they are all defeated.

Half-Life: Decay

Several Apaches are seen passing by through the lobby's roof in Sector C.[5]


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 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. In Half-Life: Source, the Apache can simply be damaged anywhere with bullets.


  • The missile model seen in Half-Life does not represent the actual standard missile used by the AH-64 Apache, the AGM-114 Hellfire.
  • In Half-Life Source the Apache is smaller than the GoldSrc variant and is not armored. Which means the player can simply shoot it down with small arms fire, usually 2 magazine of Glock 17 is sufficient to destroy one.




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