The Netherlands on Friday signed a letter of offer and acceptance for the upgrade of its fleet of 28 Boeing AH-64D Apache attack helicopters at a cost of $1.19 billion.
On September 14, Ambassador Hoekstra joined Principal Director of Security Assistance at the Defense Security Cooperation Agency Michèle Hizon, and Dutch State Secretary for Defense Barbara Visser at Gilze-Rijen Air Base for a signing ceremony.
Secretary Visser said “Reinforcing the armed forces is in full swing. This contract signing is a good example of this. Our operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Mali have demonstrated the importance of Apaches. With this modernization our Apaches remain the versatile combat helicopters that our armed forces need.”
The current Apaches have become technically and operationally out of date after 20 years of service. During the overhaul, the fleet will receive new hulls, transmissions, and rotor blades. In addition, the power of the engines will be increased and they will be better able to fly in bad weather conditions. Other countries that use the Apache are also carrying out this modernization, which makes international cooperation easier.
The first aircraft will be modernized beginning in 2021. By mid-2022, the first modernized Apaches will be reintroduced to the fleet.
Boeing said on Friday that it has completed the first flights of Apache and Chinook military helicopters which will be delivered to India next year. “We look forward to delivering this phenomenal capability to India,” said David Koopersmith, vice president and general manager, Boeing Vertical Lift
Boeing has won a contract to provide spare parts of AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook helicopters to the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNAF). The contract provides maintenance, repair and overhaul services to the RNAFs fleet of Apaches and Chinooks, which includes 28 AH-64Ds,11 CH-47Ds and 6 CH-47Fs, the company said in a statement Saturday
Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopters and Turkish TAI T-129 ATAK helicopters are in fray for Moroccan helicopter program. Morocco reportedly is in negotiations with American Boeing for the purchase of Apache AH-64 helicopters for its Armed Forces
The US State Department has approved sale of six AH-64E Apache helicopters to India for an estimated cost of $930 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today, DSCA said in a statement Tuesday
Boeing has won $96.3 million contract for production services in support of the 36 AH-64E Apache helicopters to South Korea
Mercedes Benz will supply 515 Mercedes Benz G-class 300 CDI vehicles, “12kN AASLT” to the Dutch Military. The vehicles provided by Mercedes are a replacement for the G-model off-road vehicles used by the military over the past twenty years
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