Boeing has won contracts worth $6 billion from the UK Minister of Defense in a government to government deal with the US for the purchase of 50 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and nine P-8A maritime surveillance aircraft during the ongoing Farnborough air show.
The 50 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters would cost $2.3 billion for the British Army and $3.8 billion for nine P-8A maritime surveillance aircraft.
David Pitchforth, vice president and managing director of Boeing Defence UK Limited, said: “This is not only a major boost to the British Army but it will also mean long-term, sustained jobs in the UK as the vast majority of the training, maintenance, repair and overhaul will be done here over the service life of the aircraft. We are working closely with our extensive UK supply chain, including Leonardo Finmeccanica Helicopters (Leonardo), to support initial operating capability of the aircraft in 2022”.
Boeing has a long-standing relationship with Leonardo on the existing Apache programme. Boeing will support UK prosperity through increasing spend with UK suppliers and is in advanced discussions with Leonardo on the AH-64E contract and other opportunities.
To date, Boeing has delivered 149 AH-64Es to the U.S Army, logging more than 60,000 flight hours and 17,000 combat flying hours.