The 2006 Saudi Shopping Spree: $400M to Upgrade AH-64A Apache Helicopters

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M1A1s + AH-64As, Bosnia(click to view full) The USA isn’t the only country planning an Apache helicopter upgrade these days. In addition to $350 million for 24 UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters plus support, $276 million covering spare parts for American vehicles, and a $2.9 billion program to upgrade and enlarge its M1 Abrams tank fleet, Saudi Arabia is also patronizing American defense companies to upgrade 2 Aviation Battalion’s helicopters at King Khalid Military City from AH-64A Apache to AH-64D Apache Longbow configuration. The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $400 million. To be more specific. AH-64D Apache Longbow The Saudis are looking to remanufacture and upgrade their 12 AH-64A Apache attack helicopters with new engines, avionics, et. al. They also want to have 10 spare T-700-GE-701A engines converted to T-700-GE-701D models, Modernized Targeting Acquisition and Designation Systems (an upgraded TADS-PNVS called M-TADS/PVNS), Integrated Helmet and Display Sight Systems, spare and repair parts, communications equipment, support equipment, simulators (not sure if they mean basic simulators or AVCATT), quality assurance teams, chemical masks (!), tools and test sets, chaff dispensers, electronic equipment, test facility spares, publications, Quality Assurance Teams service, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. […]

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