J C Menon
Boeing has won a contract from Morocco to deliver 24 AH-64E APACHE helicopters, making it the 17th country to acquire the type, with nearly 2,500 delivered to 16 nations. In November 2019, the U.S State Department approved a Foreign Military Sale of 36 AH-64E APACHE attack helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of US$4.25bn to Morocco, and the Defence Security Cooperation Agency had delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale, after the Government of Morocco requested a possible sale of 36 aircraft (24 new with an option for 12 additional units), and 79 T700-GE-701D engines (72 installed and 6 spares) besides several other equipment.
Designed and equipped with an open systems architecture including the latest communications, navigation, sensor and weapon systems, the AH-64E is the latest version of the attack helicopter. It has an improved Modernised Target Acquisition Designation System that provides day, night and all-weather target information, as well as night vision navigation capability. In addition to classifying ground and air targets, the Fire Control Radar has been updated to operate in a maritime environment. Boeing will build and deliver the new Moroccan APACHES under a contract with the US Army through the US government’s Foreign Military Sales process.
Boeing is a partner in the MATIS Aerospace joint venture, which produces airplane wire bundles and harnesses. In 2016, the company signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Morocco to create an ecosystem of aircraft equipment suppliers. Boeing also supports the country’s future workforce through partnerships with Education for Employment (EFE) Morocco and the INJAZ Al-Maghrib association.