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The US Army is re­port­edly in talks with Boe­ing re­gard­ing a new multi-year agree­ment for the ac­qui­si­tion of an ad­di­tional 240 AH-64 Apache attack he­li­copters from 2017 to 2021. US Army Apache Pro­gram Manager Colonel Jeff Hager was quoted by Reuters as say­ing that army ac­qui­si­tion chief Heidi Shyu re­cently signed a doc­u­ment for the two sides to start work on an agree­ment, with the aim of re­ceiv­ing ap­proval from the De­fence Sec­re­tary by March 2016. Boe­ing attack he­li­copters busi­ness devel­op­ment head Mark Ballew said it could in­clude op­tions for for­eign mil­i­tary sales of 100 Apaches. The US Gov­ern­ment has al­ready ap­proved Apache sales to Qatar and In­done­sia, Ballew added, not­ing that the he­li­copter has also drawn in­ter­est from other coun­tries. Ac­cord­ing to Reuters, law­mak­ers gen­er­ally ask mil­i­tary ser­vices to demon­strate sig­nif­i­cant sav­ings com­pared to the cost of ne­go­ti­at­ing pur­chases on a yearby-year ba­sis. Mean­while, Pen­tagon chief arms buyer Frank Ken­dall re­port­edly told the House Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee that he favoured multi-year agree­ments be­cause they al­low pro­gramme man­agers to fo­cus on per­for­mance, rather than an­nual con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions. Pow­ered by two GE T700-701D en­gines, the AH-64 Apache is pri­mar­ily used for dis­trib­uted op­er­a­tions and deep pre­ci­sion strikes against re­lo­cat­able tar­gets. It can also pro­vide armed re­con­nais­sance when re­quired in day, night, ob­scured bat­tle­field and ad­verse weather con­di­tions.

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