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HN for Wed., March 29, 2017, Vol. 43, Issue 7.

$3.4B Multi-Year Apache Contract Expedites Future Foreign Military Sales, Saves Army 10 Percent

A recent five-year, $3.4 billion multi-year contract for Boeing [BA] AH-64E Apache gunships not only saves the Army and Saudi Arabia money for each helicopter, but establishes a relatively swift onramp for additional allied armies to purchase the aircraft.The contract, announced March 16, has a base value of $3.4 billion. That base contract includes 244…

Army Awards Boeing $3.3 Billion Contract For Saudia Arabia Apaches

The Army on March 15 awarded Boeing [BA] a $3.3 billion contract modification to provide Apache helicopters to Saudi Arabia, according to a Pentagon statement.The contract modification is a multi-year deal for lots 7-11, AH-64E full-rate production (FRP) of remanufactured aircraft and new build aircraft. It also includes remanufacture and new build Apache Longbow crew…

U.S. Military Seeks To Expand Drone Footprint In Africa

The U.S. military is looking to expand its unmanned aircraft operations to more bases in Africa so its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) drones can spend more time monitoring potential targets and less time in transit on the vast continent, according to the head of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM).“Because of the size of Africa, because…

Pakistan Orders Additional AW139 Helicopters

The Government of Pakistan ordered an undisclosed number of additional AgustaWestland AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters, producing company Leonardo said March 28.The new helicopters will be used to perform utility, search and rescue (SAR), and emergency medical service (EMS) operations across Pakistan. Deliveries are set to begin in early 2018.“This event is a major achievement…

Army Awards Texas Aerospace Services $11.8 Million Contract To Overhaul Blackhawk Components

The U.S. Army awarded Texas Aerospace Services Ltd. an $11.8 million firm fixed-price contract for the overhaul of the UH-60 Blackhawk’s helicopter cylinder assembly, the Defense Department said March 28.Contracted bids were originally solicited through the Internet with three offers received. Work locations and specific funding will be determined later with each order. The estimated…