Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Boeing to upgrade US Army Apache helicopters

Boeing has been awarded a contract to upgrade and remanufacture 117 US Army AH-64D Apache attack helicopters to the new, more capable AH-64E model.


The agreement, which also includes the acquisition of Longbow Crew Trainers, logistical support and spares, carries a total contract value of about $1.5 billion.

The U.S. Army has stated it plans to acquire 690 AH-64E Apaches, 290 of which are now under contract with this latest award.

The AH-64E Apache features extended range sensors and weapons, off-board sensors and increased aircraft performance.

The agreement modifies an existing contact among Boeing and the Army for the full-rate production of lots 5 and 6 Apache helicopters.

The Army will return 117 AH-64D Apaches to Boeing’s Mesa, Ariz. production center to be remanufactured into the AH-64E configuration. The Army followed a similar model when the AH-64A Apaches were remanufactured into AH-64Ds.