Morocco has signed a contract for the delivery of 24 AH-64 Apaches with aircraft manufacturer Boeing, becoming the seventeenth country to buy the attack helicopters.
Boeing’s confirmation of the contract signing comes after the US State Department approved the potential sale of 36 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters under a contract worth an estimated $4.25 billion in November 2019.
A Pentagon contract announcement from June 25 said that Boeing was awarded a $439.2 million contract for new-build Apache AH-64E aircraft and Longbow crew trainers for Morocco.
“This is another step forward in our long partnership with the Kingdom of Morocco,” said Jeff Shockey, vice president, global sales and marketing, Boeing Defense, Space & Security and Government Services. “Worldwide demand for the Apache is growing and we are proud to provide this best-in-class capability to Morocco.”
The AH-64E Apache is the latest configuration of the attack helicopter. It is designed and equipped with an open systems architecture. Moroccan Apaches will feature Lockheed Martin’s modernized target acquisition designation sight/pilot night vision sensor systems (M-TADS/PNVS).
Boeing will build and deliver the new helicopters under a contract with the US Army through the US government’s foreign military sales process.
The company says it has delivered nearly 2,500 Apache helicopters to 16 nations to date, including the US, Netherlands, Greece, United Kingdom, Japan, India, Singapore, South Korea and Saudi Arabia.
Deliveries to Morocco are expected to begin in 2024.