US aerospace giant Boeing said June 25 that it recently signed a contract to supply 24 Apache helicopters to Morocco, marking the first time for the North African country to acquire the aircraft.
According to a press release, the delivery of the latest configuration of the Apache, the AH-64E, is expected to begin in 2024. The North African country will be the 17th country to receive the helicopter, with almost 2,500 Apaches already delivered.
According to Boeing, the AH-64E is designed and equipped with the latest communications, navigation, sensor and weapon systems, including night vision navigation capability; fire control radar that has been updated to operate in a maritime environment; and a targeting system that provides day, night and all-weather target information.
“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.
According to a press release issued in November 2019 by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the State Department approved a possible $4.25 billion sale of 36 AH-64Es and related equipment to Morocco. The deal was said to include 24 new helicopters with an option for 12 more.
“The proposed sale will improve Morocco’s capability to meet current and future threats, and will enhance interoperability with U.S. forces and other allied forces,” the DSCA said. “Morocco will use the enhanced capability to strengthen its homeland defense and provide close air support to its forces. Morocco will have no difficulty absorbing the Apache aircraft into its armed forces.”