Boeing to build 184 helicopters under $1.9B contract
Arlington defense contractor to supply Apache copters for U.S., allies
Arlington-based Boeing Co. will build 184 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters for the U.S. Army and international customers under a $1.9 billion contract modification announced by the Pentagon Friday.
The award brings the contract’s total funded value up to $2.1 billion and has the potential to surpass more than $3.8 billion with “future obligations,” Boeing said in a news release.
Under the award, the Army will receive 115 remanufactured helicopters, with an additional 15 to be procured as options. Another 54 Apaches will be delivered under foreign military sales, including the first for Australia. Work is to be performed in Mesa, Arizona with an estimated completed of Dec. 31, 2027.
“We are enhancing the U.S. Army’s attack fleet, while supporting additional partner nations and welcoming our newest Apache customer, the Australian Army,” Christina Upah, Boeing’s vice president of attack helicopter programs and senior Mesa site executive, said in a statement. “This contract highlights the need for Apaches worldwide.”
Boeing has delivered 244 remanufactured Apaches to the Army and 24 new-build aircraft to an international customer under the first multiyear contract, signed in 2017. There are more than 1,275 Apaches currently in operation around the world.