[NYSE: BA] will upgrade (remanufacture) 126 AH-64D Apaches for
the US Army (96) and the army of the United Arab Emirates (30),
under a $1.15 billion contract signed last week. The first helicopter
in this Block II production will be delivered in October 2007.
The contract brings the total number of upgraded U.S. Army
AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopters to 597. The U.S. Army has
ordered an additional 27 new-build Apaches as war-replacement
aircraft. They are produced in addition to the 501 upgraded
AH-64D Apache Longbows built between 1997 and 2006 under two
five-year, multi-year contracts. The Apache Longbow helicopters
feature fully integrated avionics and weapons that can rapidly
detect, classify, prioritize and engage stationary and moving
targets at standoff ranges in nearly all weather environments.
The helicopters are also networked to exchange real-time, secure
digitized battlefield information with air and ground forces.