The US Army is set to award the second multi-year contract for the production and remanufacture of AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to Boeing.
The Army Contracting Command has issued a solicitation notice for the procurement of up to 600 AH-64E Apache aircraft.
Although the service intends the procurement to be solely sourced to Boeing, the award is open for any company interested in the bid to file a response by 17 July.
The contract will cover lots 12-16 of the Apache helicopter’s full-rate production.
The proposed award is for a five-year multi-year contract or one year contract with options for production or remanufacturing of the aircraft from fiscal year (FY) 2022 to FY 2026.
Following the contract award, Boeing will start the remanufacture and production of these 600 aircraft for the US Army and any potential international customers.
The first $3.4bn multi-year contract for the AH-64E Apache was awarded to Boeing in March 2017.
Under the first contract, the army was supposed to receive 244 remanufactured Apaches while an undisclosed international customer was to acquire 24 new units.
Boeing produces the Apache at its Mesa facility in Arizona, US. The company began deliveries of the ‘E’ model in October 2011.
The ‘E’ model is an advanced version of the company’s Apache aircraft.
The company delivered the first Apache, an AH-64A, to the US Army in January 1984.
Since then, Boeing has made more than 2,200 AH-64 Apache attack helicopter deliveries to the US and other countries such as Egypt, Greece, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the UAE and the UK.
In 2016, the firm agreed to deliver 50 AH-64Es to the British Army.