Boeing has launched production of modernised AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters for Morocco

By: Maksim Panasovskyi | 15.11.2023, 18:48
Boeing has launched production of modernised AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters for Morocco

The US has started production of US Apache helicopters for Morocco. This was announced by defence giant Boeing.

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Work began at the company's Arizona plant about three and a half years after Boeing signed a contract under the FMS (Foreign Military Sales) programme. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2024.

Morocco is buying two dozen modernised AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopters. The US State Department has also approved the sale of AGM-114L/R Hellfire missiles, Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) kits, 70mm unguided rockets and AIM-92H Stinger air-to-air missiles.

The Royal Moroccan Air Force uses various types of air assets but has no new attack helicopter. Two dozen Aérospatiale SA342L Gazelle light helicopters were purchased 45 years ago and need to be replaced.

The Apache purchase comes as part of a wider combat aviation modernisation programme. The North African country has also ordered F-16V Block 70/72 fighters to replace the Mirage F1 and Northrop F-5E/F Tiger II, which have been in service for more than 40 years.

Source: Aviation Week