UK to upgrade Apaches to newest variant

The UK is planning to upgrade its fleet of AH-64D Apache attack helicopters to the AH-64E Apache Guardian variant.  The US State Departement approved a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to the UK concerning the remanufacture of 50 ‘D-model’ Apache to the newest variant.

The sale also includes 100 T-700-GE-701D engines and scores of target acquisition and designation equipment, fire control radars, missile warning systems plus communication and navigation equipment. Last but not least: 300 helmets for the AH-64E pilots. Ground equipment, spare parts, training devices and maintenance facilities are also included.

The total cost is said to be 3 billion USD, with Boeing in Mesa, Arizona, being the prime contractor.

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Featured image: A UK AH-64D Apache, named WAH-64 Apache Mk1 in British service. (Image © UK Ministry of Defence)