Israel has contracted Boeing to provide integrated logistics support services for the Israeli Air Force’s (IAF’s) fleet of AH-64A/D Apache attack helicopters.
Boeing announced the deal on April 20 but confirmed that the direct commercial sale was initially awarded to the firm last December. The five-year follow-on contract builds on the current support services that are provided by Boeing for the IAF’s Apache fleet.
Under the terms of the deal, the company will deliver logistical, programme, engineering and technical support to the IAF, as well as AH-64A/D technical publications, D-model unique repairs and an in-country field representative. The firm will also provide overhaul material kits for the Apache’s various drivetrain systems, such as transmissions and gear boxes.
Indra Duivenvoorde, director of Europe and Israel services for Boeing, said: “This tailored support package and Boeing’s decades of vertical lift experience bring superior global sustainment expertise to our Israeli customer and elevates the capability of their Apache fleet to support key missions.”
Boeing has supported Israel’s Apache fleet for decades. The firm currently provides transactional spares, A-model repairs, support and test equipment, as well as engineering project support services for the IAF. “A Boeing field service representative has been co-located with the customer since 1991 to provide on-site technical support,” the company added.
AirForces Intelligence data states that – as of April 22, 2021 – the IAF maintains a total fleet of 44 Apache attack helicopters, comprising 24 AH-64As and 20 AH-64Ds. In Israeli service, the former is known locally as the ‘Peten’, while the latter is designated the ‘Saraf’. The AH-64A is operated by 190 Squadron ‘The Magic Touch Squadron’, with the AH-64Ds being employed by 113 Squadron ‘The Hornet Squadron’. Both units are based at Ramon Air Base, located to the southwest of the Israeli city of Beersheba.