The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of AH-64E Apache Longbow attack helicopters and associated equipment to Iraq.
Under the estimated $4.8bn sale, Iraq has requested for supply of a total of 24 AH-64E Apache Longbow attack helicopters, 56 T700-GE-701D engines, 27 AN/ASQ-170 modernised target acquisition and designation sight, 27 AN/AAR-11 modernised pilot night vision sensors, 12 AN/APG-78 fire control radars with radar electronics unit (Longbow component), and 28 AN/AAR-57(V)7 common missile warning systems.
The package also features embedded global positioning systems with inertial navigation with multi mode receiver, MXF-4027 UHF/VHF radios, 30mm automatic chain guns, aircraft ground power units, 2.75 in Hydra rockets, 30mm rounds, M211 and M212 advanced infrared countermeasure munitions flares, spare and repair parts, support equipment, personnel training and training equipment, and other related elements of logistics support.
The potential sale is expected to support Iraq's efforts to establish a fleet of multi-mission attack helicopters capable of addressing its requirements for close air support, armed reconnaissance and anti-tank warfare missions.
In addition, the sale supports the strategic interests of the US by providing Iraq with a critical capability to safeguard itself against terrorist and conventional threats, boost the protection of its key oil infrastructure and platforms, and also reinforce national sovereignty.
Boeing, Lockheed Martin, General Electric, Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Longbow Limited Liability Corporation, and Raytheon have been named as prime contractors for the programme.
Image: US Army AH-64E Apache Longbow helicopters taking off near Mesa, Arizona, US. Photo: courtesy of US Army.