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Farnborough 2016: Boeing wins contract for 50 new British Army Apaches

The British Army has purchased a new fleet of Apache attack helicopters from Boeing, it was announced during the opening of the Farnborough International Airshow 2016 on 11 July.

Farnborough 2016: Boeing Wins Contract For 50 New British Army ApachesThe United Kingdom has ordered 50 AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopters from Boeing. (US Army)

In total the United Kingdom is purchasing 50 AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopters at an announced cost of USD2.3 billion. These will replace the 66 AgustaWestland-Boeing WAH-64D Block I Apache Longbow AH.1 helicopters currently operated by the Army Air Corps (AAC).

Although smaller than the full WAH-64D fleet, the purchase essentially amounts to a like-for-like replacement as 16 British Apaches were mothballed in early 2015 after the end of UK combat operations in Afghanistan.

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