Sale of Boeing-built Apache Longbows to Kuwait moves forward
The purchase of 16 Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow combat helicopters by the State of Kuwait took a step forward last week with the signing of an initial foreign military sales contract between the Boeing Company and the US Department of Defense for the production of the aircraft.
The US Army contracted with Boeing to produce the Apache Longbows for Kuwait, performing the work in conjunction with other team Apache members. Kuwait signed a letter of offer and acceptance for this purchase in August 2002.
The total program includes the acquisition of the Longbow fire control radar, ordnance, spare parts, training services and maintenance support. Kuwait is the seventh international defense force to select the AH-64D and the eleventh Apache customer worldwide.
The AH-64D Apache features fully integrated avionics and weapons plus a modem that transmits real-time, secure, digitized battlefield information to air and ground forces.
The Apache Longbow is the world's only fourth-generation attack helicopter and the only combat helicopter in service with the ability to rapidly detect, classify, prioritize and engage stationary or moving enemy targets at standoff ranges in nearly all weather environments. — (menareport.com)
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