May 2005

MoD awards multi-million pound Apache contracts

The Apache AH Mk1, one of the most powerful helicopters in the world, is to be further enhanced the Ministry of Defence has announced.

The helicopter, which has performed successfully for US and Dutch forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan, will benefit from the two new contracts, both awarded to AgustaWestland, worth over £300 million. The contracts will significantly enhance the Apache AH Mk1’s night vision capability and provide a new four year support solution for the world’s leading attack helicopter.

Essential logistics support for Apache will be provided by a four year contract worth £115m awarded by the Defence Logistics Organisation. Under this contract, AgustaWestland, through a series of sub-contracts, will provide a range of essential repairable spares such as main and tail rotorblades and fire control radar line replaceable units.

MoD’s Defence Procurement Agency has awarded a £194 million contract for a Modernised Target Acquisition and Designation Sight/Pilots Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS). M-TADS is an upgrade for the Target Acquisition and Designation Sight/Pilots Night Vision Sensor (TADS/PNVS) currently fitted to the Apache AH Mk1.

Last Updated: 1 Jun 05