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 Boeing and the US Department of Defense for the production of the aircraft.
On September 30, 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 (including Hellfire missiles), spare parts, training services and maintenance support.
The all weather AH-64D Apache, the world’s only fourth-generation attack helicopter, is said to feature fully integrated avionics and weapons plus a modem that transmits secure, real-time battlefield information to air and ground forces.