Boeing was awarded a contract, worth around $192 million, in support of the British Army AH-64E Apache attack helicopters.
The cost-no-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract is for post-production support services and warehouse management services for the United Kingdom’s AH-64E Apache helicopter fleet of 50 aircraft and three Longbow crew trainers.
The contract is being executed through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program with the U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) at Redstone Arsenal (RSA), Alabama as the contracting activity (W58RGZ-20-C-0014). Fiscal 2020 FMS (UK) funds for the contract amount were obligated at the time of the award.
The work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2024.
The British Army operates the AgustaWestland Apache attack helicopter, a license-built version of the Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow. The helicopter was initially designated WAH-64 by Westland Helicopters and was later given the designation Apache AH Mk 1 (also Apache AH1) by the UK Ministry of Defence.
In August 2015, the U.S. State Department approved the UK’s request to remanufacture its fleet of 50 Apache AH1 helicopters into the AH-64E Äpache “Guardian” standard. An initial contract, worth $488.1 million, for the re-manufacturing of 38 British Army AH-64s into the AH-64E standard was awarded to Boeing in May 2017. A further contract was announced in December 2019.
In July 2016, the UK Ministry of Defence has announced a $2.3 billion deal to secure 50 of the latest generation Apache attack helicopters for the British Army. It was announced at the time that the first UK AH-64E helicopters are due off Boeing’s U.S. production line in early 2020 and will begin entering service with the British Army in 2022.
AH-64E Apache Guardian
The AH-64E Guardian, formerly known as AH-64D Block III, is the latest variant of the AH-64 Apache four-blade, twin-turboshaft attack helicopter developed by the American company, Boeing.
Apache is considered as one of the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopter.
Compared to the earlier versions, the AH-64E features improved digital connectivity, the Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTDS), more powerful T700-GE-701D turboshaft engines with upgraded face gear transmission to accommodate more power, the capability to control unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), full Instrument flight rules (IFR) capability, and improved landing gear.
The Apache Guardian is armed with an M230 30mm automatic chain gun carried between the forward-positioned main landing gears. It has four hardpoints mounted on stub-wing pylons, capable of carrying a mixture of Hellfire II air-to-ground missiles (AGM), Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS) II guided rocket pods, 2.75 in. Hydra rocket pods and FIM-92 Stinger air-to-air missiles (AAM).
The helicopter features a nose-mounted sensor suite for target acquisition and night vision systems and can also be equipped with the AN/APG-78 Longbow millimeter-wave fire-control radar (FCR), housed in a dome located above the main rotor.
Boeing has delivered more than 2,200 Apaches, across the variants, to customers around the world since the aircraft entered production with the primary customer being the U.S. Army. The U.S. Army Apache fleet has accumulated (as of July 2016) more than 4.2 million flight hours since the first AH-64A was delivered to the U.S. Army in January 1984.