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Kuwait to add to its Apache fleet

Posted 31 December 2020 · Add Comment

Kuwait has requested the purchase of eight AH-64E Apache Longbow attack helicopters and is also planning to remanufacture 16 of its fleet of earlier AH-64D Apaches.

The US State Department which approves such sales has notified US Congress.
The deal is believed to be worth $4 billion
The remanufacturing programme is not simply an upgrade. In the request for support from Congress the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) listed the following components,services and weaponry for the helicopters.
There are 22 T700-GE 701D engines; 36 remanufactured T700-GE 701D engines; 27 AN/AAR-57 counter missile warning systems (CMWS); 18 embedded global position systems with inertial navigation (EGI) with multi-mode receiver (MMR); 36 EGIs with MMR; 8 AN/ASQ-170(V) modernized target acquisition and designation sight/AN/AAQ-11 pilot night vision sensor (MTADS/PNVS); 17 AN/APG-78 Longbow fire control radars (FCR) with radar electronics units (REU); 17 APR-48B modernized radar frequency interferometers (M-RFI); 18 M299 AGM-114 Hellfire missile launchers; four remanufactured M299 AGM-114 Hellfire missile launchers; eighteen (18) Hydra 70 (70mm) 2.75 inch rocket M260 rocket launchers; four remanufactured Hydra 70 (70mm) 2.75 inch rocket M260 launchers; nine M230El 30mm chain gun M139 Area weapons system (AWS) guns; two remanufactured M230El 30mm chain gun M139 AWS guns; Longbow crew trainers and a whole range of radio, comms andfuel equipment;
The order will involve a number of US defence manufacturers including Boeing; Lockheed Martin; General Electric; Longbow Limited and Raytheon
Kuwait has also expressed an interest in a technical assistance fielding team (TAFT) to provide in-country pilot and maintenance training.

The Apache AH-64E requested by Kuwait as part of its helicopter modernisation strategy (Image Boeing)

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