Aerospace giant Boeing has been awarded a $ 436.6 million U.S. Army contract modification for full-scale production of Apache AH-64E aircraft, according to U.S. Department of Defense contract announcements.
The deal, which was a modification to a previous contract, was worth nearly $ 436.6 million and covered work at the Mesa Arizona facility with an estimated completion date of February. 28, 2025.
“Aircraft procurement for fiscal 2021, Army funds in the amount of $ 436,691,186 were required at the time of the award,” the DoD statement read.
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For nearly three decades, the AH-64 Apache was the US Army’s primary attack helicopter. Today, the Apache fleet is made up of a mix of AH-64D and AH-64E model aircraft conducting armed reconnaissance, close combat, mobile attack and vertical maneuvering by day, night, darkened battlefield, and severe weather.
The AH-64E Apache is the latest attack helicopter configuration. It is designed and equipped with an open systems architecture that includes the latest in communication, navigation, sensor and weapon systems. It has an improved modernized target acquisition designation system that provides information on day, night and all weather targets, as well as navigation capabilities for night vision. In addition to classifying land and air targets, the fire radar has been upgraded to operate in a maritime environment.
Boeing builds the Apache in Mesa, Arizona. Deliveries of the “E” model began in October 2011.