Two U.S. Army AH-64E Apache helicopters assigned to 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, 7th Infantry Division fly overhead during a combined arms live-fire exercise at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., April 5.
In one of the most significant acquisition/procurement activities of the week, the U.S. Army has awarded Boeing more than $3 billion for AH-64E Apache support. This is a contract modification to a multi-year Apache contract that includes foreign military sales to Saudi Arabia.
Boeing said the five-year deal is the first multi-year agreement for the “E” variant of the rotorcraft. The contract covers full-rate production of remanufactured aircraft and new-build aircraft, remanufactured and new-build Longbow crew trainers, peculiar ground support equipment, initial spares, integrated logistics support and engineering technical services. Boeing said the U.S. Army is to receive 244 remanufactured units, while 24 new units will go to the foreign customer.
"This agreement is great news for our Army, our soldiers, the American taxpayers, our industry partners and numerous international partners,” said U.S. Army Col. Joseph Hoecherl, the Apache project manager. “It is a direct result of the professional dedication and diligent efforts by government and industry teammates to provide the much needed capabilities of the world's best attack helicopter — the AH-64E Apache — at a fair and affordable price that results in year-over-year savings to the taxpayer. In the hands of our trained U.S. soldiers, the Apache's technologies and resulting capabilities are essential to Army operations around the globe."
Work is to be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2022. That location has been manufacturing the Boeing Apache “E” model since October 2011. So far, it has been ordered by seven international customers. The Boeing Apache in general has been flying for 37 years, serving 16 countries including the U.S.