Morocco has recently signed a contract to acquire 24 Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, the company announced in a statement.
With the contract, Morocco became the 17th country to acquire the Boeing’s venerable AH-64 Apache helicopters. Boeing will build and deliver the new Moroccan Apaches under a contract with the U.S. Army through the U.S. government’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process. Deliveries to Morocco are expected to begin in 2024.
“This is another step forward in our long partnership with the Kingdom of Morocco,” said Jeff Shockey, vice president of Global Sales and Marketing for Boeing Defense, Space & Security. “Worldwide demand for the Apache is growing and we are proud to provide this best-in-class capability to Morocco.”
Boeing’s partnership with Morocco spans decades. The company is committed to developing Morocco’s supply chain and future workforce. Boeing is a partner of the MATIS Aerospace joint venture, which produces airplane wire bundles and harnesses. In 2016, the company signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kingdom to create an ecosystem of aircraft equipment suppliers. Boeing also supports the country’s future workforce through partnerships with Education for Employment (EFE) Morocco and the INJAZ Al-Maghrib association.
In November last year, the U.S. State Department approved the FMS sale of 36 AH-64E helicopters and related equipment to Morocco for an estimated cost of $4.25 billion.
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.
The AH-64E variant is designed and equipped with an open systems architecture including the latest communications, navigation, sensor and weapon systems. It has an improved Modernized Target Acquisition Designation System (M-TADS) that provides day, night and all-weather target information, as well as night vision navigation capability. In addition to classifying ground and air targets, the Fire Control Radar (FCR) has been updated to operate in a maritime environment.
Boeing has delivered nearly 2,500 Apache helicopters, across the variants, to 16 nations to date, including the U.S., Netherlands, Greece, United Kingdom, Japan, India, Singapore, South Korea and Saudi Arabia. The company delivered the 500th AH-64E variant earlier this year.