Longbow FCR for India, Morocco, the Netherlands and United Arab Emirates
On 3 September 2020, the US Army awarded four Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contracts to Longbow Limited Liability Company (LBL) to provide the AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopter AN/APG-78 Longbow Fire Control Radar (FCR) to India, Morocco, the Netherlands and United Arab Emirates (UAE). The firm-fixed-price contracts have a combined value of USD 165 million.
The Longbow Limited Liability Company (LBL) is a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman Corporation. Morocco, the Netherlands and India are new to the Longbow FCR community, the UAE Apaches will be upgraded to the AH-64E. The contracts are a direct result of the five-year production requirements contract the US Department of Defence awarded to LBL in 2016.
India ordered 22 AH-64E Apaches in September 2015, all have been delivered. On 25 February 2020, India signed a second contract for six additional AH-64E Apaches fir use with the Indian Army. Morocco ordered 24 AH-64E Apaches in June 2020.
The Netherlands ordered 28 AH-64E Apaches, the FMS for this contract was first announced in February 2019. The UAE ordered 30 AH-64A Apaches in 1991, these were upgraded to the current AH-64D standard in 2008.
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