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Netherlands seeks Apache upgrade FMS

21st February 2018 - 16:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The US State Department has made a determination approving a potential foreign military sale to the Netherlands of an Apache helicopter upgrade package, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on 20 February.

In the package worth $1.191 billion, the Netherlands has requested items and services to support the upgrade/remanufacture of 28 AH-64D Block II Apache attack helicopters to the AH-64E configuration.

The equipment requsted includes the upgrade of T700-GE-701C engines to T700-GE-701D, 17 AN/APG-78 fire control radar and subcomponents, 28 AN/ASQ-170 modernised target acquisition and designation sights/AN/AAR-11 modernised pilot night vision sensors, 28 AN/APR-48B modernised radar frequency interferometers and 70 embedded GPS/INS with multi-mode receiver. 

The request also includes training devices, helmets, simulators, generators, transportation, wheeled vehicles and organisation equipment, support equipment, tools and test equipment, engineering, technical and logistics support services.

If the sale goes ahead, Boeing and Lockheed Martin will be the prime contractors.

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