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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Boeing Expands AH-64 Apache Block III Market

By Douglas Nelms

Boeing is close to signing a deal with another international defense force as a new customer for the AH-64D Block III, although it is a little premature to say which one, when or how many, according Mike Burke, director of business development for attack helicopter programs. During presentations at the Dubai Air Show in November, Burke said the company is also in discussions with another Middle Eastern armed forces to upgrade its Block II Apaches to the Block III level. UAE currently operates 30 Apaches that were recently upgraded to Block II.

Burke also noted that the AH-64D Block III is the “last man standing” in an Indian Defense Ministry competition for a new attack helicopter. The Defense Ministry has reportedly eliminated all other competitors, with the latest being the Russian Mi-28N. However, no contract for the Indian attack helicopter Block III aircraft had been signed as of mid-November. India is seeking a fleet of 22 new attack helicopters, according to reports.
More: Boeing Hands Over Initial Apache Block III

Related: Military News

Read the full story in the January print edition of Rotor & Wing and starting in early January at www.rotorandwing.com.

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