19 Apr '13, 11am

Boeing To Sell 36 Apaches to South Korea #govcon #defacq

SEOUL — South Korea selected Boeing’s new Apache helicopter as the winner of its $1.6 billion “AH-X” deal to buy 36 heavy attack helicopters. The AH-64E Guardian, the latest Apache aircraft, beat Bell’s AH-1Z and the T-129 built by Turkish Aerospace Industries, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said April 17. “All the three aircraft were assessed to have latest technologies, but the AH-64E was evaluated to have better performance than the other competitors,” DAPA spokesman Baek Yoon-hyung said in a press briefing. Baek said the Guardian was given higher ratings in the evaluation of maximum takeoff, weapons load and target acquisition, although the aircraft was assessed to incur higher maintenance costs than the other candidates. Boeing will deliver the AH-64Es from 2016 to 2018 to replace the older fleet of Bell AS-1 Cobra helicopters. The aircraft is e...

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