Boeing has so far 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. Deliveries to Morocco are scheduled to begin in 2024.
“This is another significant milestone in our long-standing partnership with the Kingdom of Morocco,” the statement from Boeing noted, citing Jeff Shockey, vice president, Global Sales and Marketing, Defense, Space and Security (BDS) and Government Services.
“The demand for the Apache helicopter is growing worldwide. We are proud to supply this advanced aircraft to Morocco,” he added.
The AH-64E Apache is the latest configuration of this offensive helicopter.
It is equipped by design with an open systems architecture featuring the latest communications, navigation, detection and weapons systems, and incorporates a modernized target designation and target tracking system that provides day, night and all-weather target information, as well as night vision navigation capabilities.
In addition to classifying 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 U.S. Army as part of the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process used by the U.S. government to sell defense products abroad, the document said.
Being a partner of Moroccan industry for several decades, Boeing is committed to the development of the supply chain and Morocco’s future workforce, the source continued.
Furthermore, Boeing is a partner in the joint venture MATIS Aerospace, which manufactures electrical network interconnection systems and cable harnesses for the aeronautics industry.
In 2016, the group signed a protocol agreement with Morocco to create an ecosystem of aeronautical equipment suppliers.