Boeing has been awarded a $10.7 million foreign military sales contract for the integration and retrofit of 23 Saudi Arabian AH-6i light helicopter gunships with DVR, equipment stowage, and Advanced precision kill weapon system (APKWS) II capabilities.
Boeing will carry out the work in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of March 30, 2022.
The BAE Systems-developed APKWS guidance kit transforms an unguided 2.75-inch (70 millimeter) rocket into a precision-guided rocket. The rocket is proven in combat for five years running, and is the US government’s only program of record for 2.75-inch laser-guided rockets.
The first AH-6i light attack/reconnaissance helicopter was delivered to the Saudi Arabia National Guard (SANG) in 2016. The country ordered a total of 24 units in 2014.
AH-6is can carry Hellfire missile and rocket launchers, miniguns and machine guns.