I see where you're coming from Wired, but think about this.
Enemy morale is at it's highest, you have 15 people online, Apache and Blackhawk crew. So that leaves you with 11 people to be in squads. Let's say Bravo is in Yarum and Alpha is in Zargabad. Now, Bravo is 10 minutes away from Alpha and Alpha has 5 PEOPLE ONLY 5 and they come under contact from super-uber-elite Insurgents that when the morale is at the highest level become deadly as the Spestnaz. By the time Bravo would come to help them, Alpha would be wiped out. However, here comes the Apache. Instead of letting the enemy kill more NATO soldiers (Bravo in this case) we call in the ultimate equalizer so it can provide our troops with support.
The Apache is in no case op when the enemy morale is at it's highest level.
That's not really how public server works and i think you overdramatize the whole situation where Apache will come save the day.
Seeing as you brought up "OP" let's talk about what makes something overpowered or not.
Something that is overpowered is easy to use, very hard to counter and in general makes the game boring for everyone else because it can kill everything with ease.
Yes i get it that everyone loves the apache because it can kill stuff, sure! But it makes the game very dull and boring having it around for everyone except for the crew itself.
On Stratis when you were civilian and you hear Apache in the area you are majorly fucked because there is nowhere to hide. Even less so on Zargabad which makes renders them useless.
Apaches does not have a single thread towards them except if they try and land inside Zargabad, simply because there is nothing to counter them except for rpgs. You might now be thinking that "Oh there is a ZSU so that can kill it." That is probably the least of concerns for the apache since it probably can see the AA just after it's taken off with it's thermals and take it out outside the AAs range.
People will probably call out that "let's just give loads of IGLAs to the insurgents" The apache would still be overpowered beacuse you know, it's an Apache.
It's still a game, meaning it needs balance in order for the players to have a good time. It doesn't matter how realistic it is if the players arent enjoying themselves.
Mallas is saying how the apache isn't OP when the enemy morale is at its highest
that may be true but how often does it get to that level?
The only reason for it to get that high would be because you know... Apache killing civilians in the first place.
Small question i have aswell, would an Apache really attack a city full of civilians when a taliban is outside a civilians house when the civilian and his lads are throwing a party inside? I wouldn't think so.