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.
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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