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Boeing wins a $922mn US Army contract for 117 AH-64E Guardian helicopters

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World Defense & Security News - United States
 
 
Boeing wins a $922mn US Army contract for 117 AH-64E Guardian helicopters
 
The US Army has awarded Boeing for of AH-64E Guardian attack helicopters production, the United States Department of Defense announced. "Boeing Company, Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $922.6 million… contract for 117 AH-64E remanufactured Apache helicopters," the announcement stated on Thursday.
     
Boeing wins a 922mn US Army contract for 117 AH 64E Apache Guardian helicopters 640 001A Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter
     
Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2018, the US DoD added.

In March, the Defense Department announced that the US Army had awarded Boeing an earlier nearly $185 million contract to produce an undisclosed additional number of heavily-armored Apache AH-64E attack helicopters.

The AH-64E features improved digital connectivity, the Joint Tactical Information Distribution System, more powerful T700-GE-701D engines with upgraded face gear transmission to accommodate more power, capability to control unmanned aerial vehicle (UAVs), full IFR capability, and improved landing gear.

New composite rotor blades, which successfully completed testing in 2004, increase cruise speed, climb rate, and payload capacity.