Boeing will build 184 AH-64E Apaches for the U.S. Army and international customers, including the first Apaches for Australia. This $1.9 billion award brings the total current funded value of the contract to $2.1 billion, and has the potential to increase to more than $3.8 billion with future obligations.
The AH-64E Apache is a multi-role attack helicopter that is designed and produced by Boeing Defense, Space & Security. It is an upgraded variant of the AH-64D Apache Longbow, featuring a number of advanced systems and technologies.
Some of the key features of the AH-64E Apache include:
- Enhanced sensors and avionics: The AH-64E Apache is equipped with advanced sensors and avionics systems, including an upgraded fire control radar, an electro-optical targeting system, and more.
- Improved communications: The helicopter features improved communication systems, allowing it to more effectively communicate with ground troops and other aircraft.
- Increased performance: The AH-64E Apache has a more powerful engine, allowing it to fly at higher speeds and altitudes than previous models.
- Armament: The AH-64E Apache is armed with a variety of weapons, including a 30mm chain gun, Hellfire missiles, and Hydra rockets.
The AH-64E Apache is used by several countries around the world, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, and others. It is primarily used for attack and reconnaissance missions, but it can also be used for other roles, such as air-to-air combat and close-air support.
The U.S. Army will receive 115 remanufactured Apaches, with an additional 15 Apaches to be procured as options, ensuring significant savings to taxpayers. The additional 54 aircraft will be delivered to partner nations as part of Foreign Military Sales.
The U.S. Army’s Apache fleet just surpassed five million flight hours, a milestone demonstrating the AH-64 is the most capable, dependable, and adaptable attack helicopter.
Boeing Global Services will continue to deliver optimal readiness for the warfighter including training devices, spare provisions, support and test equipment kits, depot support, field engineering and technical manuals. Major advantages in the technical publication area allow for a streamlined process approach to re-use data which reduces operational and sustainment costs.
Under the first multi-year contract, signed in 2017, Boeing delivered 244 remanufactured Apaches to the Army and 24 new-build aircraft to an international customer. The AH-64E, built at the Boeing site in Mesa, Ariz., is the most advanced multirole combat helicopter in the world. There are more than 1,275 Apaches currently in operation around the world.