Boeing Wins Contract For 126 Remanufactured AH-64s
Aero-News has learned Boeing and the US Army recently signed a
$1.149 billion contract for the remanufacture of 96 AH-64D Apache
Longbow helicopters for the Army, and another 30 AH-64Ds for the
United Arab Emirates.
"Signing this extended Block II contract is significant for many
reasons," said David Almond, Boeing Apache Block II program
manager. "The firm, fixed-price contract for 126 aircraft brings
considerable work to the Mesa, AZ Apache production facility as
well as to team Apache suppliers around the world."
"It also ensures a 'warm' assembly line for the US Army and our
international customers as we move forward with current and future
Apache production commitments in the next decade," Almond added.
"That's great news for the entire program."
Boeing will deliver the first remanufactured Apache Longbow
produced under the new contract to the US Army in October. Work
began in March 2006 following the award of a long-lead
The contract brings the total number of remanufactured U.S. Army
AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopters to 597. The U.S. Army has ordered
an additional 27 new-build Apaches as war-replacement aircraft.
The US Army Apache Longbow aircraft, to be built in the Block II
configuration, are in addition to the 501 remanufactured AH-64D
Apache Longbows built between 1997 and 2006 under two five-year,
multi-year contracts. Under a foreign military sales agreement, the
United Arab Emirates is upgrading its fleet of AH-64A Apache
helicopters to the next-generation configuration.
"An attitude of teamwork means cost savings for both the U.S.
Army and the United Arab Emirates, ensuring that the soldiers who
fly and maintain the aircraft have the capabilities to successfully
complete their vital missions," Almond added.
The Apache Longbow helicopters feature fully integrated avionics
and weapons and can rapidly detect, classify, prioritize and engage
stationary and moving opposition targets at standoff ranges in
nearly all weather environments. It is an adaptable rotorcraft
platform, with a state-of-the-art modem transmitting real-time,
secure digitized battlefield information to air and ground