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State Department OKs $1.2B Apache upgrades for the Netherlands

February 20, 2018 at 5:08 PM

The State Department has approved a potential $1.19 billion foreign military sales case for the Netherlands to upgrade its fleet of Apache attack helicopters, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced today.

The possible sale would provide for the upgrade and remanufacture of 28 AH-64D Apache helicopters to the AH-64E configuration, including engine upgrades, 17 AN/APG-78 fire control radars, 28 AN/ASQ-170 Modernized Target Acquisition and Designation Sights (MTADS)/AN/AAR-11 Modernized Pilot Night Vision Sensors, 28 AN/APR-48B Modernized Radar Frequency Interferometers and 70 Embedded Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation Systems (EGI) plus Multi-Mode Receiver, according to the announcement.

"The Netherlands will use the enhanced capability to strengthen its homeland defense and deter regional threats, and provide direct support to coalition and security cooperation efforts," DSCA's announcement states.

Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin would be the principal contractors for the potential sale.