The US Department of Defense has announced it has contracted Boeing to provide support services for the UK’s future AH-64E attack helicopter fleet.
The cost-no-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract – worth US$191.8m – will see the company provide post-production and warehouse support for the British Army Air Corps’ fleet of 50 Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardians, along with three Longbow crew trainers.
Boeing will conduct the work at its facility in Mesa, Arizona, and is expected to be completed by December 31, 2024.
The UK placed an initial contract in July 2016 for its planned acquisition of 50 AH-64Es. In a deal worth US$488m, Boeing was contracted to remanufacture 38 Apaches for British use in May 2017. The first 16 Army Air Corps WAH-64D Apache AH1s to undergo the AH-64E remanufacture programme had been delivered to the company’s facility in Mesa by June 2019. Last December, Boeing was awarded a US$564m foreign military sale (FMS) contract for the remanufacture of AH-64Es for the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates and the UK. The quantity of the aircraft for each nation included in this contract modification was not disclosed.