Iraq eyes 24 AH-64E Apache helicopters

An Apache in its element; laying low. (Image © Boeing)
An Apache in its element; laying low. (Image © Boeing)

Iraq has requested to buy 24 Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DCSA) reported on Monday 27 January. The helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support come at an estimated cost of $4.8 billion USD.

The proposed sale also includes 56 T700-GE-701D engines, 27 AN/ASQ-170 modernized target acquisition and designation sights, 27 AN/AAR-11 modernized pilot night vision sensors and 12 AN/APG-78 fire control radars, also known as Longbow. Furthermore, 90 Apache aviator integrated helmets and no less than 480 AGM-114R Hellfire missiles are included.

The deal, of which US congres was notified by the DCSA, also means that a team of 12 US personnel (one military team leader and 11 contractors) would be deployed to Iraq for approximately three years.

Source: Defense Security Cooperation Agency