The UK MoD has awarded a £293 million contract to Leonardo Helicopters (UK) for the support of the British Army’s existing fleet of 50 AgustaWestland WAH-64D Apache AH1 helicopters.
The Apache AH1 will be replaced in Army service by the Boeing AH-64E Apache from 2022 and is expected to be withdrawn from service by March 2024.
The new integrated operational support contract was announced on January 17, 2019, covers deep maintenance, repair and overhaul and the provision of spares and technical support for the Apache AH.1 and will take the helicopter out to retirement.
UK Defence Minister Stuart Andrew said: “The Apache has provided years of crucial battlefield support to UK and coalition troops in operations in Libya and Afghanistan. This multi-million-pound contract will ensure our armed forces continue to benefit from this vital capability as we integrate the latest Apache model into service in 2022.”