WASHINGTON --- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Kingdom for AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $3.00 billion.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 26, 2015.
The Government of the United Kingdom has requested the remanufacture of fifty (50) United Kingdom (UK) WAH-64 Mk 1 Attack Helicopters to AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopters with:
-- one hundred and ten (110) T-700-GE-701D Engines (100 installed and 10 spares);
-- the refurbishment of fifty-three (53) AN/ASQ-170 Modernized Target Acquisition and Designation Sights (M-TADS) (50 installed and 3 spares);
-- the refurbishment of fifty-three (53) AN/AAR-11 Modernized Pilot Night Vision Sensors (PNVS) (50 installed and 3 spares);
-- the refurbishment of fifty-two (52) AN/APG-78 Fire Control Radars (FCR) (50 installed and 2 spares) with fifty-five (55) Radar Electronics Units (Longbow Component) (50 installed and 5 spares);
-- fifty-two (52) AN/APR-48B Modernized Radar Frequency Interferometers (50 installed and 2 spares);
-- sixty (60) AAR-57(V) 3/5 Common Missile Warning Systems (CMWS) with 5th Sensor and Improved Countermeasure Dispenser (50 installed and 10 spares);
-- one hundred and twenty (120) Embedded Global Positioning Systems (GPS) with Inertial Navigation (100 installed and 20 spares), and
-- three hundred (300) Apache Aviator Integrated Helmets.
Also included are:
-- AN/AVR-2B Laser Detecting Sets,
-- AN/APR-39D(V)2 Radar Signal Detecting Sets,
-- Integrated Helmet and Display Sight Systems (IHDSS-21),
-- Manned-Unmanned Teaming International (MUMT-I),
-- KOR-24A Link 16 terminals,
-- M206 infrared countermeasure flares,
-- M211 and M212 Advanced Infrared Countermeasure Munitions (AIRCMM) flares,
-- Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) transponders, and
ammunition, communication equipment, tools and test equipment, training devices, simulators, generators, transportation, wheeled vehicles, organizational equipment, spare and repair parts, support equipment, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $3.00 billion.
This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) ally which has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability and economic progress around the world. The upgrade and refurbishment of these helicopters will allow the United Kingdom greater interoperability with U.S. forces.
The proposed sale provides the Government of the United Kingdom with assets vital to deter and defend against potential threats. The United Kingdom will use the Apache helicopters to conduct various missions, including counter-terrorism and counter-piracy operations. The materiel and services under this program will enable the United Kingdom to become a more capable defensive force and will also provide key elements required for interoperability with U.S. forces.
The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.
The prime contractors will be The Boeing Company in Mesa, Arizona; Lockheed Martin Corporation in Orlando, Florida; General Electric Company in Cincinnati, Ohio; Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training in Owego, New York; and Longbow Limited Liability Corporation in Orlando, Florida.
There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.
Implementation of this proposed sale may require the assignment of six (6) U.S. contractor representatives in country full-time for up to sixty (60) months for equipment checkout, fielding, and technical support.
There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale. This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Publication of the above Congressional notification is an indication that the UK government may have finally opted to award the Apache upgrade contract to Boeing, and to finance it through the Foreign Military Sales program, rather than have AgustaWestland carry out the work.
On March 7, 2015 the Daily Telegraph reported that “Boeing ….is offering to provide ….. 50 new aircraft at a cost of £20m each,” about half of the price now notified to Congress.
At the time, AgustaWestland had “won permission to make a rival bid,” which “would mean the contract staying in Britain, but may come at a higher cost to the taxpayer,” the Telegraph reported, adding that “MoD said it wanted to establish best value for money.”
Now, it seems that the work risks going to the US, despite the price having doubled.
It will be interesting to see MoD’s reaction to this announcement.)