Print Friendly, PDF & Email

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to The Netherlands of AH-64 Pilot Training and Logistics Support with related equipment for an estimated cost of US$190M.

The Government of the Netherlands has requested support for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) AH-64 training programme to include:

  • Fuel
  • Base Operating Support
  • Facilities
  • Publications and Technical Documentation
  • Pilot Training
  • AH-64D to AH-64E Conversion Training Support
  • Personnel Training & Training Equipment
  • Weapon System & Software Support
  • US Government & Contractor Technical, Engineering & Logistics Personnel Services
  • Other Related Elements of Logistical & Programme Support

This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the US by helping to improve the security of a NATO ally which is an important force for political stability and economic progress in Europe.

Importance of the Dutch AH-64 Training Deal

The proposed sale will improve The Netherlands’ capability to maintain a set of highly trained and deployment-ready RNAF APACHE units via continued training activities at Fort Hood, Texas.  This training includes the AMERICAN FALCON exercise, which serves as a certifying event for Dutch military units and personnel to deploy abroad, often supporting US-led coalition operations. The Netherlands will have no difficulty absorbing this training and support into its armed forces.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region. It does not contain any principal contractor and there are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional US Government or contractor representatives to The Netherlands. There will be no adverse impact on US defence readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

Notice of a potential sale is required by law.  The description and dollar value is for the highest estimated quantity and dollar value based on initial requirements although actual dollar value will be lower depending on final requirements, budget authority, and signed sales agreement(s), if and when concluded.

Jack Richardson