The AH-64E Apache Guardian was originally designated AH-64D Block III in 2012 but because of its advanced capabilities compared to previous variants it was renamed. Everything about the AH- 64E is bigger and better or improved when compared to earlier variants. A large number of improvements are meant to protect the crew from guns up to 27 mm rounds as well as crash resistant seats. Equipped with new sensors, avionics and night operation capabilities the AH-64E also has the ability to control UAVs.
Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian 812/10012 c/nTW012 Bu.No 11-00012 was accepted by the Taiwan Army December 13, 2013. The ROCA received thirty AH-64Es that would equip two squadrons of the 601st Air Cavalry Brigade and stationed at Taoyuan’s Longtan District in northern Taiwan. The purpose of the northern location is to defend against any land operations in that area. One AH-64E crashed while training leaving twenty nine serviceable. Their AN/APG- 78 Longbow fire-control target acquisition radar gives the helicopter day/night, all-weather, 360° search capabilities up to 8 km.