Boeing was awarded a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract, worth around $10.7 million, to retrofit Saudi Arabia’s AH-6i light attack/reconnaissance helicopters with additional capabilities.
The firm-fixed-price was awarded by the U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) for the integration and retrofit of 23 AH-6i helicopters operated by the Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG) with DVR, equipment stowage, and APKWS (Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System) II rocket capabilities.
Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of March 30, 2022.
Boeing AH-6i is a light attack and reconnaissance helicopter manufactured by Boeing and designed primarily for export markets.
The single-turbine helicopter is based on the combat-proven OH-6A Cayuse and is an advanced variant of the A/MH-6M Little Bird helicopter operated by the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC).
AH-6i incorporates advanced technologies from the Boeing AH-64E Apache multirole attack helicopter that give it superior performance over other aircraft in its class. The helicopter is intended to provide close-air support (CAS) for land-based forces and serve as an attack platform for destroying tanks, armored vehicles and fortifications.
In October 2010, Saudi Arabia requested 36 AH-6i aircraft with related equipment and weapons from the United States through a Foreign Military Sale (FMS) route.
The APKWS is a design conversion of Hydra 70 unguided rockets with a laser guidance kit to turn them into precision-guided munitions (PGMs)/laser guided rockets (LGBs).
The system is approximately one-third the cost and one-third the weight of the current inventory of laser-guided weapons, has a lower yield more suitable for avoiding collateral damage, and takes one-quarter of the time for ordnance personnel to load and unload.