Boe­ing Bil­lion A ache S Army Sign on­tract for A elico ters 4 -4

India Strategic - - NSTR -

MESA, ARI­ZONA. Boe­ing and the US govern­ment re­cently signed a five-year, $3.4 bil­lion con­tract through which the Army, and a cus­tomer out­side the US, will ac­quire the lat­est Apache at­tack he­li­copter at a sig­nif­i­cant sav­ings to tax­pay­ers. This is the first multi-year agree­ment for the Apache “E” vari­ant. The Army will re­ceive 244 re­man­u­fac­tured Apaches while 24 new ones will go to the in­ter­na­tional cus­tomer.

“This agree­ment is great news for our Army, our sol­diers, the Amer­i­can tax­pay­ers, our in­dus­try part­ners and nu­mer­ous in­ter­na­tional part­ners,” said US Army Col. Joseph Hoecherl, the Apache project man­ager. “It is a direct re­sult of the pro­fes­sional ded­i­ca­tion and dili­gent ef­forts by govern­ment and in­dus­try team­mates to pro­vide the much needed ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the world’s best at­tack he­li­copter - the AH-64E Apache - at a fair and af­ford­able price that results in year over year sav­ings to the tax­payer. In the hands of our trained US sol­diers, the Apache’s tech­nolo­gies and re­sult­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties are es­sen­tial to Army op­er­a­tions around the globe.”

De­liv­er­ies of the “E” model be­gan in Oc­to­ber 2011. Seven cus­tomers out­side the US have or­dered this vari­ant. In­clud­ing this lat­est ver­sion, the US and 15 other coun­tries have re­lied on the Apache dur­ing the past three decades.

“The Apache has made a tremen­dous im­pact in the de­fence of the na­tions that have flown it for the last 37 years,” said Kim Smith, Boe­ing At­tack He­li­copters vice pres­i­dent and pro­gramme man­ager. “Our team un­der­stands the re­spon­si­bil­ity we have to de­liver the best air­craft on time at an af­ford­able price every day, and we are com­mit­ted to main­tain­ing that well es­tab­lished tra­di­tion of ex­cel­lence.”

Editorial Com­ment: In­dia is one of the re­cip­i­ent coun­tries with IAF hav­ing placed an or­der for 22 AH-64E Apache he­li­copters with Boe­ing. The deal with Boe­ing was signed Septem­ber 28, 2015, which also in­cluded pur­chase of 15 CH-47F Chi­nook heavy-lift he­li­copters at a com­bined cost ap­prox­i­mat­ing $3 bil­lion.

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