Attack Helicopters

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Kuwait of AH-64E Apache Helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $4.0 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on December 29, 2020.

AH-64E Apache
AH-64E Apache Helicopter

The Government of Kuwait has requested to buy eight (8) AH-64E Apache Longbow Attack Helicopters and remanufacture sixteen (16) of their AH-64D Apache Longbow Attack Helicopters to the AH-64E configuration consisting of:

  • eight (8) AH-64E Apache Helicopters (new procurement);
  • sixteen (16) AH-64E Apache Helicopters (remanufacture);
  • twenty-two (22) T700-GE 701D engines;
  • thirty-six (36) remanufactured T700-GE 701D engines;
  • twenty-seven (27) AN/AAR-57 Counter Missile Warning Systems (CMWS);
  • eighteen (18) Embedded Global Position Systems with Inertial Navigation (EGI) with Multi-Mode Receiver (MMR);
  • thirty-six (36) remanufactured EGIs with MMR;
  • eight (8) AN/ASQ-170(V) Modernized Target Acquisition and Designation Sight/AN/AAQ-11 Pilot Night Vision Sensor (MTADS/PNVS);
  • seventeen (17) AN/APG-78 Longbow Fire Control Radars (FCR) with Radar Electronics Units (REU);
  • seventeen (17) APR-48B Modernized Radar Frequency Interferometers (M-RFI);
  • eighteen (18) M299 AGM-114 Hellfire Missile Launchers;
  • four (4) remanufactured M299 AGM-114 Hellfire Missile Launchers;
  • eighteen (18) Hydra 70 (70-mm) 2.75 Inch Rocket M260 Rocket Launchers; four (4) remanufactured Hydra 70 (70-mm) 2.75 Inch Rocket M260 Rocket Launchers;
  • nine (9) M230El 30-mm Chain Gun M139 Area Weapons System (AWS) Guns;
  • two (2) remanufactured M230El 30-mm Chain Gun M139 AWS Guns; one (1) Longbow Crew Trainers (LCT);
  • one (1) remanufactured LCT.

Also included are:

  • fifty-four (54) AN/ARC‑201 non-COMSEC Very-High Frequency/Frequency Modulation (VHF/FM) radios;
  • fifty-four (54) Ultra‑High Frequency (UHF) radios (AN/ARC‑231 or MXF 4027);
  • twenty-eight (28) Identify Friend or Foe Transponders (APX 123 or APX 119);
  • twenty-seven (27) IDM 401 (Improved Data Modem);
  • twenty-seven (27) Link 16 Datalinks; twenty-seven (27) AN/APR-39D (V)2 Radar Warning Receivers;
  • twenty-seven (27) AN/AVR-2 Laser Warning Receivers; twenty-seven (27) Infrared Countermeasures Dispensers (2 flares, 1 chaff);
  • nine (9) ASN-157 Doppler Radar Velocity Sensors;
  • nine (9) AN/ARN-149 (V)3 Automatic Direction Finders (ADF);
  • sixteen (16) remanufactured AN/ARN-149 (V)3 ADFs;
  • nine (9) AN/APN-209 Radar Altimeters;
  • twenty-seven (27) AN/ARN-153 Tactical Airborne Navigation (TACAN) systems;
  • sixteen (16) Manned-Unmanned Teaming International (MUM-Ti) (UPR) Air to Air to Ground Data Link Systems;
  • twenty-four (24) MUM-Ti (Ground) Air to Air to Ground Data Link Systems;
  • twenty-four (24) 100 gallon Internal Auxiliary Fuel Systems (IAFS);
  • twenty-four (24) 125 gallon Reduced Capacity Crashworthy External Fuel Systems (RCEFS); two (2) IAFS Spares;
  • two (2) IAFS Publications; six (6) IAFS Ground Support Equipment (GSE) Apache Magazine and Auxiliary Tank Transfer Systems (AMATTS);
  • five (5) IDM Software Loader Verifiers (SLV);
  • training devices;
  • helmets;
  • simulators;
  • generators;
  • transportation;
  • wheeled vehicles and organizational equipment;
  • spare and repair parts;
  • support equipment;
  • tools and test equipment;
  • technical data and publications;
  • personnel training and training equipment;
  • S. government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services;
  • other related elements of logistics support.

The total estimated cost is $4.0 billion.

The proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a Major Non-NATO Ally that is an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.

The proposed sale of the AH-64E Apache helicopters will supplement and improve Kuwait’s capability to meet current and future threats by enhancing Kuwait’s close air support, armed reconnaissance, and antitank warfare mission capabilities. Kuwait will have no difficulty absorbing these helicopters into its armed forces.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The principal contractors associated with this sale will be The Boeing Company, Mesa, AZ; Lockheed Martin Corporation, Orlando, FL; General Electric, Cincinnati, OH; Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Owego, NY; Longbow Limited Liability Corporation, Orlando, FL; and Raytheon Corporation, Tucson, AZ. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will require the temporary assignment of approximately three U.S. Government personnel and five contractor representatives to Kuwait to support delivery of the helicopters and provide support and equipment familiarization. In addition, Kuwait has expressed an interest in a Technical Assistance Fielding Team (TAFT) to provide in-country pilot and maintenance training. Execution of a TAFT will require a team of twelve additional personnel (one military and eleven contractors) to be deployed to Kuwait for the period of approximately three years.

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