Boeing has offered the AH-64E Apache to the Commonwealth in its search for a new armed reconnaissance helicopter platform.
The government is seeking 29 helicopters that would reach full operating capability by 2029. It’s also seeking the availability of local industrial capability to sustain the fleet. The Apache would replace the nation’s current fleet of Eurofighter Tiger helicopters.
The Apache, flown by the US and 15 other countries, has recorded more than 4.5 million flight hours with the US Army. There are currently 1,180 Apaches in service.
Boeing’s Australia operations currently support the nation’s C-17 Globemaster III, Airborne Early Warning & Control and other systems.
“Boeing’s AH-64E Apache is known for its survivability, sustainability, interoperability and reconnaissance capability,” Terry Jamison, Global Sales and Marketing, Defense, Space and Security said. “As an Apache operator, Australia would join coalition countries, including the US and UK, and regional partners Singapore, Indonesia, Japan and the Republic of Korea.
The US government’s Apache modernization program will see the platform upgraded through the late-2040s.
“The benefits of Apache for Australia are more significant than continued platform upgrades,” Darren Edwards, vice president and managing director, Boeing Defence Australia, said. “Boeing plans to deliver support services in-country and engage local suppliers to maximise Australian industry involvement for the ARH replacement program.”