Morocco Signs Deal for 24 AH-64 Apache Helicopters
Morocco Signs Deal for 24 AH-64 Apache Helicopters
An AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter from 1st Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, based at Forward Operating Base Speicher, Iraq. “Photo Courtesy of US Army” – by Tech. Sgt. Andy Dunaway

Morocco has signed a deal for 24 Boeing AH-64 Apache Helicopters. Morocco has ordered the 24 attack helicopters from Boeing in a deal worth $440 million, following a request of the aircraft in late 2019.

On 25 June 2020, The US Department of Defence said Boeing had been awarded a nearly half a million dollar contract for new-build Apache AH-64E aircraft and Longbow crew trainers for Morocco.

Boeing has delivered nearly 2,500 Apache helicopters to 16 countries to date, including the US, Netherlands, Greece, UK, Japan, India, Singapore, South Korea and Saudi Arabia. Morocco is the 17 th country to order them. The deliveries are expected to begin in 2024 and conclude by March 2025.

“This is another step forward in our long partnership with the Kingdom of Morocco,” said Jeff Shockey, vice president, Global Sales and Marketing, Boeing Defence, Space & Security and Government Services. “Worldwide demand for the Apache is growing and we are proud to provide this best-in-class capability to Morocco.”

The AH-64E that Morocco has ordered is the latest configuration of the attack helicopter. It is designed and equipped with an open systems architecture including the latest communications, navigation, sensor and weapon systems.

Boeing will build and deliver the new Moroccan Apaches under a contract with the US Army through the US government’s Foreign Military Sales process.

In November 2019 Morocco requested the sale of 24 new helicopters and 12 options, along with AGM-114R/L Hellfire missiles, Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System munitions, AIM-92H Stinger missiles, M261 rocket launchers, 70 mm rockets and 30 mm cannon ammunition.

Boeing said its partnership with Morocco spans decades. “Boeing is a partner of the MATIS Aerospace joint venture, which produces airplane wire bundles and harnesses. In 2016, the company signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kingdom to create an ecosystem of aircraft equipment suppliers,” it said.

By MPC Journal Team

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