Boeing has secured a $3.4bn contract from the US Government to deliver AH-64E Apache helicopters to the US Army and Saudi Arabia.
Under the terms of the contract, the army will procure 244 remanufactured Apache helicopters while the foreign military sales contract requires the company to deliver 24 new Apaches to Saudi Arabia.
Boeing Attack Helicopters vice-president and programme manager Kim Smith said: “The Apache has made a tremendous impact in the defence of the nations that have flown it for the last 37 years.
“Our team understands the responsibility we have to deliver the best aircraft on time at an affordable price every day, and we are committed to maintaining that well-established tradition of excellence.”
Under the contract, Boeing will provide remanufactured and new-build aircraft, Longbow crew simulators, ground support equipment, and spare parts, as well as integrated logistics support and engineering services.
According to the US Department of Defense, work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with completion expected by June 2022.
To date, seven customers outside the US have ordered the Apache 'E' variant.
The Apache attack helicopters are equipped with laser and infrared systems, as well as target acquisition designation sights / pilot night-vision sensors to locate, track, and attack targets.
The helicopter can be armed with a combination of laser-guided precision Hellfire missiles, 70mm rockets, and a 30mm automatic cannon with up to 1,200 high-explosive, dual-purpose ammunition rounds.
Powered by two high-performance turboshaft engines, Apache has a maximum cruise speed of 284km/h.
Image: An AH-64E Apache. Photo: courtesy of US Army.