Major support work for the AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter fleet will initially be carried out by US Government contractors it has been confirmed.
The AH-64E Guardian features improved digital connectivity, the Joint Tactical Information Distribution System, more powerful T700-GE-701D engines with upgraded face gear transmission to accommodate more power, capability to control unmanned aerial vehicle, full IFR capability and improved landing gear.
Lord Moonie asked in a written question to the Ministry of Defence:
“To ask Her Majesty’s Government where major support work for the AH-64E helicopters will be carried out; and in what currency the contracts will be denominated.”
Earl Howe, Minister of State for the Ministry of Defence and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords answered:
“An initial two-year support package for the AH-64E helicopter will be provided by the US Government as part of the foreign military sales agreement through which the helicopters will be supplied. This will be denominated in US dollars.
The invitation to negotiate for long-term training and support, beyond the initial package, was issued to Boeing Defence UK in December 2017. We do not expect to place the contract until 2020 and a decision on the currency denomination will form part of the negotiation process.
No decision has yet been made on the location of the support work.”
The updated Longbow radar has an oversea capacity, potentially enabling naval strikes. The E model is fit for maritime operations, much like the British variant being replaced.