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World Aviation Defense & Security News - Qatar
Qatar signs $667 mn deal for 24 AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopters
The US-based defense giant Boeing has been awarded a $667,522,500 foreign military sales contract for the delivery of 24 AH-64E Apache Guardian combat helicopters for the armed forces of Qatar, the US Department of Defense announced yesterday on its website.
Qatar signs 667 mn deal for 24 AH 64E Apache Guardian helicopters 640 001US Army's AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters
(Credit: US Army)
"Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2020. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity," the US DoD stated.

Qatar also ordered one Longbow crew trainer, ground support equipment and Thales-built radio systems. Doha confirmed in 2014 its intention to sign $23 bn worth of defense contracts, among them the delivery of Apache helicopters.

The Guardian variant is an upgraded variant which features improved digital connectivity, the Joint Tactical Information Distribution System, more powerful T700-GE-701D engines with upgraded face gear transmission to accommodate more power, capability to control unmanned aerial vehicle (UAVs), full IFR capability, and improved landing gear. New composite rotor blades, which successfully completed testing in 2004, increase cruise speed, climb rate, and payload capacity.

The Longbow Crew Trainer is the centerpiece of Boeing’s AH-64 Apache training. The high-fidelity flight simulator is used by pilots and other personnel to practice aircraft procedures and rehearse missions. The Longbow Crew Trainer is containerized and deployable, allowing in-theater training under a wide range of conditions.