By Gus G. Manion, The Chicago Times
March 18, 2023
ARLINGTON, VA – Boeing announced Friday that it will produce 184 AH-64E Apaches for the US Army and international customers. According to Boeing, this $1.9 billion award brings the total current funded value of the contract to $2.1 billion.
“We are enhancing the U.S. Army’s attack fleet, while supporting additional partner nations and welcoming our newest Apache customer, the Australian Army,” said Christina Upah, vice president of Attack Helicopter Programs.
Boeing will deliver 115 re-manufactured Apaches to the US Army, with an additional 15 Apaches to be procured as options. The remaining 54 aircraft will be delivered to partner nations as part of Foreign Military Sales.
“This multi-year contract is critical for the warfighter and the entire Apache team. It demonstrates the Army’s commitment to continue putting unmatched capability into the hands of our nation’s finest, while providing stability and predictability for the outstanding citizens and companies that pour their talent into producing the best attack helicopter in the world.” said Col. John Maher, U.S. Army Apache project manager.
As expected, Boeing Global Services will continue to provide training devices, spare provisions, support and test equipment kits, depot support, field engineering, and technical manuals.
Since 2017, Boeing has delivered 244 re-manufactured Apaches to the Army and 24 new-build aircraft to an international customer. According to Boeing, there are more than 1,275 Apaches currently in operation around the world.