Boeing has been awarded a contract to remanufacture 117 existing US Army AH-64D Apaches to the new, more capable AH-64E Apache Guardian model. The agreement, which also includes the acquisition of Longbow Crew Trainers, logistical support and spares, was announced by the manufacturer yesterday, April 14, and has a total contract value of about $1.5 billion.
The element of the contract that covers remanufacturing was awarded by US Army Contracting Command on April 7 and is valued at $922,628,257. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2018.
The US Army has stated it plans to acquire 690 AH-64E Apaches, 290 of which are now under contract with this latest award. US Army Apache Project Manager, Col Jeff Hager, said:“The AH-64E Apache continues to meet the requirements of aviators, battlefield commanders and soldiers deployed on missions worldwide. The Army, Boeing and Team Apache suppliers continue a valuable collaboration that ensures soldiers have the latest technologies to succeed in defending freedom with this outstanding weapons system.”
Kim Smith, vice president, Attack Helicopter Programs, Boeing Vertical Lift, said: “With our integrated production, services and training teams, Boeing is able to affordably support the Army through each phase of the Apache’s lifecycle. The dedication and commitment to first-time quality by Boeing teammates and suppliers combine to deliver an Apache that is ready to meet the rigorous demands of the men and women who depend on it.”
The agreement modifies an existing contact between Boeing and the Army for the full-rate production of lots 5 and 6 Apaches. The Army will return 117 AH-64D Apaches to Boeing’s Mesa, Arizona, production centre to be remanufactured into the AH-64E configuration. The Army followed a similar model when the AH-64A Apaches were remanufactured into AH-64Ds. Alan Warnes