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Iraq requests AH-64E Apache helicopter FMS

29th January 2014 - 16:39 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The US government will consider a request from Iraq to purchase 24 AH-64E Apache Longbow attack helicopters at an estimated cost of $4.8 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified congress of the possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) on 27 January.

Iraq has requested 24 AH-64E Apache helicopters, along with 60 Hellfire missile launchers and 480 AGM-114R Hellfire missiles to arm them.

The request comes as part of Iraq’s efforts to establish a fleet of multi-mission attack helicopters capable of meeting its requirements for close air support, armed reconnaissance and anti-tank warfare missions.

Associated equipment includes T700-GE-701D engines, the AN/ASQ-170 modernised target acquisition and designation sight, the AN/AAR-11 modernised pilot night vision sensors; and AN/APG-78 fire control radars with radar electronics unit. Missile warning systems, laser detectors, radar signal detectors and radar jammers have also been requested; along with the Apache aviator integrated helmet.

If it goes ahead, the FMS will also include parts, training and logistical support.

The DSCA notified congress earlier this month of a potential sale of AGM-114K/R Hellfire missiles to Iraq to help improve the Iraq Security Forces’ capability to support current on-going ground operations.

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