Military

US State Department OKs Possible Apache Upgrade Sale to Netherlands

By S.L. Fuller | February 21, 2018

U.S. Army AH-64E Apache pilots assigned to Task Force Griffin, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, 7th Infantry Division land for fuel in Kunduz, Afghanistan, May 31, 2017. The Griffins are working hard to support U.S. Forces Afghanistan as part of Operation Freedom's Sentinel and Resolute Support Mission.

U.S. Army Boeing  AH-64E Apache pilots assigned to Task Force Griffin, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, 7th Infantry Division land for fuel in Kunduz, Afghanistan, May 31, 2017. U.S. Defense Department photo.

The Netherlands could be getting a billion-dollar Apache upgrade. In an announcement Monday, the U.S. State Department approved the possible Foreign Military Sale to upgrade the country’s Boeing AH-64Ds to AH-64Es.

According to the announcement, the Netherlands is hoping to upgrade:

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  • 28 aircraft
  • 28 Lockheed Martin AN/ASQ-170 modernized target acquisition and designation sights/AN/AAR-11 modernized pilot night vision sensors
  • 28 Lockheed Martin AN/APR-48B modernized radar frequency interferometers 51 GE Aviation T700-GE-701C engines to T700-GE-701Ds
  • 17 Northrop Grumman/Lockheed Martin AN/APG-78 fire control radar and subcomponents
  • 70 embedded GPS/inertial navigation systems plus multi-mode receiver; Honeywell makes EGIs for Apaches
  • Training devices
  • Helmets
  • Simulators
  • Generators
  • Transportation
  • Wheeled vehicles and organization equipment
  • Spare and repair parts, support equipment
  • Tools and test equipment
  • Technical data and publications
  • Personnel training and training equipment
  • U.S. government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services

These items, along with other related logistics and program support elements, would put the deal’s value at an estimated $1.2 billion.

Principal contractors are Boeing and Lockheed Martin. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of the possible sale Monday.

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