Qatar requests AH-64E Apache helicopters
The US State Department has made a determination approving a potential foreign military sale of AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to Qatar, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on 9 May.
In a package worth $3 billion, Qatar has requested 24 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, 26 AN/ASQ-170 modernised target acquisition and designation sight, 26 AN/AAQ-11 modernised pilot night vision sensors, eight AN/APG-78 fire control radars with radar electronics unit (LONGBOW component), 29 AN/AAR-57 common missile warning systems, 2,500 AGM-114R Hellfire missiles, and 25 Hellfire Captive Air Training Missiles.
Also included are 28 M230 30mm automatic chain guns, AN/AVR-2B laser detecting sets, AN/APR-39 radar signal detecting sets, AN/AVS-6 night vision goggles, M299 Hellfire missile launchers and 2.75-inch Hydra Rockets, along with supporting equipment.
The requested AH-64E helicopters will supplement the Qatar Emiri Air Force’s previous procurement of 24 AH-64Es.
If the sale goes ahead, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, General Electric, Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Longbow, Thales and Raytheon will be the prime contractors.
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