Boeing to build 38 AH-64 Apache attack helicopters for United Kingdom military forces

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – Military helicopter designers at the Boeing Co. will build 38 AH-64 Apache attack helicopters and avionics for the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence under terms of a $410.9 million order announced Friday.

Jun 12th, 2017
Boeing to build 38 AH-64 Apache attack helicopters for United Kingdom military forces
Boeing to build 38 AH-64 Apache attack helicopters for United Kingdom military forces
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – Military helicopter designers at the Boeing Co. will build 38 AH-64 Apache attack helicopters and avionics for the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence under terms of a $410.9 million order announced Friday.

Officials of the U.S. Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., are asking the Boeing Defense, Space & Security segment in Mesa, Ariz., to build 38 new AH-64E Apache Longbow military helicopters for United Kingdom, as well as provide three Longbow crew trainers and spare parts.

The AH-64 Apache is a multirole combat helicopter with integrated avionics and weapons, as well as advanced digital communications to enable real-time, secure transfer of battlefield information to air and ground forces.

The E-model Apache Guardian features enhanced performance, joint digital operability, improved survivability and cognitive decision aiding, and reduced operating and support costs, Boeing officials say. The AH-64E Apache, is being delivered to the U.S. Army, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, and to other international defense forces.

Formerly known as AH-64D Block III, the AH-64E Guardian has improved digital connectivity, the joint tactical radio system (JTRS), more powerful T700-GE-701D engines with upgraded transmission to accommodate more power, capability to control unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), new composite rotor blades, instrument flight rules (IFR) capability, and improved landing gear.

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The AH-64E has self-diagnostic abilities, Link-16 data linking, and updated Longbow radar with oversea capacity that could enable naval strikes.

Versions of the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter have been in service with the U.S. Army since 1986. It is a four-blade, twin-engine attack helicopter with a tandem cockpit for a two-person crew.

It has a nose-mounted sensor suite for target acquisition and night vision systems. It is armed with a 30-millimeter M230 Chain Gun carried between the main landing gear, under the aircraft's forward fuselage.

It has four hardpoints mounted on stub-wing pylons, typically carrying a mixture of AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and rockets. The helicopter was designed to replace the Bell AH-1 Cobra as the Army's primary attack helicopter. The U.S. Marine Corps still operates late-model versions of the AH-1 Cobra.

On this order, Boeing will do the work in Mesa, Ariz., and should be finished by February 2023. For more information contact Boeing Defense, Space & Security online at www.boeing.com/defense, or the Army Contracting Command-Redstone at acc.army.mil/contractingcenters/acc-rsa.

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