Boeing has signed a foreign military sales (FMS) agreement with the US government to upgrade 35 Egyptian AH-64A Apache helicopters into next-generation AH-64D Apaches.
Egypt initially announced its intention late last year to remanufacture its Apache fleet. The US Army authorised Boeing to begin procuring long-lead items earlier this year. Deliveries to Egypt are scheduled to begin in 2003.
The FMS contract for the Egyptian Army Apaches, which includes associated spares and ground support equipment, is valued at approximately $400 million, including the aircraft, ordnance, spares, training and support.
Egypt is one of 10 nations that have selected the Apache.
According to Boeing, defence forces from several current international customers also are considering upgrading to the Apache Longbow. In addition, Boeing is producing next-generation Apaches for several nations, including Holland and the United Kingdom.