The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale of AH-64E APACHE attack helicopters to Australia, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency informed Congress on 3 June.

The Australian government has requested the procurement of 29 APACHEs; 64 T700-GE 701D engines (58 installed, 6 spares); 29 AN/ASQ-170 Modernized Target Acquisition and Designation Sight/AN/AAR-11 Modernized Pilot Night Vision Sensors (M-TADS/PNVS); AN/APG-78 Fire Control Radars (FCR) with Radar Electronic Units; 29 AN/APR-48B Modernized Radar Frequency Interferometers (MRFI); 70 Embedded Global Positioning Systems with Inertial Navigation Systems plus Multi-Mode Receiver (EGI+MMR) (58 installed, 12 spares); 35 AAR-57 Common Missile Warning Systems (CMWS) (29 installed, 6 spares); 70 AN/ARC-231A VHF/UHF radios (58 installed, 12 spares); 85 AGM-114R HELLFIRE missiles; 29 M36E8 HELLFIRE Captive Air Training Missiles (CATM); and 2,000 Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System Guidance Sections (APKWS-GS).

Also included in the request is a wide range of support equipment, munitions, components, training support and documentation, including support for Manned-Unmanned Teaming and appropriate levels of documentation, engineering and logistics support. The total estimated value is $3.5 billion (€2.88 billion).

The prime contractors involved in this programme will be Boeing, Mesa, AZ; and Lockheed Martin, Orlando, FL. The purchaser typically requests offsets. Any offset agreement will be defined in negotiations between the purchaser and the contractor(s).


An AH-64E APACHE in flight. (Photo: Boeing)

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