Morocco recently signed a contract to acquire 24 AH-64E Apache helicopters from Boeing for first delivery in 2024. The Kingdom is the 17th country to acquire the Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter.
Jeff Shockey, Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing, Boeing Defense, Space and Security (BDS) and Government Services, said that “this is another major milestone in the long-standing partnership with the Kingdom of Morocco”.
“The demand for the Apache helicopter is increasing worldwide. We are proud to supply this state-of-the-art device to Morocco,” he added.
The Apache AH-64E is the latest configuration for this attack helicopter. Equipped by design with an open systems architecture with the latest communications, navigation, detection and arming systems, it embeds a modernized target designation and target tracking system that provides information on the day, night, and all-weather objectives, as well as night vision navigation capabilities.
In addition to the classification of land and air targets, the fire control radar has been updated to operate in a naval environment.
Boeing will build and deliver the new Moroccan Apache helicopters under a contract signed with the US military as part of the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process used by the United States government to sell defense products abroad.
Partner of the Moroccan industry for several decades, Boeing is committed to the development of the supplier chain and the future workforce of Morocco. Boeing is also a partner in the MATIS Aerospace joint venture, which manufactures electrical network interconnection systems and cable harnesses for the aviation industry.
In 2016, the Group signed a memorandum of understanding with the Kingdom to create an ecosystem of suppliers of aeronautical equipment. Finally, Boeing contributes to the training of the future Moroccan workforce through partnerships with the Moroccan Foundation for Education and Employment EFE-Morocco and the non-profit association INJAZ Al-Maghrib.
As a reminder, to date, Boeing has delivered approximately 2,500 Apache helicopters to 16 countries, including the United States, the Netherlands, Greece, the United Kingdom, Japan, India, Singapore, South Korea and Saudi Arabia.