WASHINGTON, July 12, 2012 - The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress July 10 of a
possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Qatar for 24 AH-64D APACHE Block III LONGBOW
Attack Helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $3.0
The Government of Qatar has requested a possible sale of 24 AH-64D APACHE Block III LONGBOW Attack
Helicopters, 56 T700-GE-701D Engines, 27 AN/ASQ-170 Modernized Target Acquisition and Designation
Sight, 27 AN/AAR-11 Modernized Pilot Night Vision Sensors, 12 AN/APG-78 Fire Control Radars (FCR) with
Radar Electronics Unit (LONGBOW component), 12 AN/APR-48A Radar Frequency Interferometers, 28
AN/AAR-57(V)7 Common Missile Warning Systems, 30 AN/AVR-2B Laser Detecting Sets, 28 AN/APR-
39A(V)4 Radar Signal Detecting Sets, 28 AN/ALQ-136(V)5 Radar Jammers or Equivalent, 160 Integrated
Helmet and Display Sight Systems-21, 58 Embedded Global Positioning Systems with Inertial Navigation, 30
30mm Automatic Chain Guns, 8 Aircraft Ground Power Units, 52 AN/AVS-6 Night Vision Goggles, 60
M299A1 HELLFIRE Missile Launchers, 576 AGM-114R HELLFIRE II Missiles, 295 FIM-92H STINGER
Reprogrammable Micro Processor (RMP) Block I Missiles, 50 STINGER Air-to-Air Launchers, 4092 2.75 in
Hydra Rockets, and 90 APACHE Aviator Integrated Helmets. Also included are M206 infrared
countermeasure flares, M211 and M212 Advanced Infrared Countermeasure Munitions (AIRCM) flares,
training devices, helmets, simulators, generators, transportation, wheeled vehicles and organization equipment,
spare and repair parts, support equipment, tools and test equipment, technical data and publications, personnel
training and training equipment, U.S. government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support
services, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $3.00 billion.
This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to
improve the security of a friendly country that has been, and continues to be, an important force for political and
economic progress in the Middle East. Qatar is host to the U.S. Central Command forces and serves as a
critical forward-deployed location in the region. The acquisition of these helicopters will allow for integration
with U.S. forces for training exercises, which contributes to regional security and interoperability.
The proposed sale of the AH-64D APACHE helicopters will allow the Qatari Armed Forces (QAF) to replace
its aging airframes with multi-mission attack helicopters, capable of meeting its requirements for close air
support, armed reconnaissance and anti-tank warfare missions. The helicopters will provide a long-term
defensive and offensive capability to the Qatari peninsula as well as enhance the protection of key oil and gas
infrastructure and platforms which are vital to U.S. and western economic interests. Qatar will have no
difficulty absorbing these helicopters into its armed forces.
The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.
The prime contractors will be The Boeing Company in Mesa, Arizona, Lockheed Martin Corporation in
Orlando, Florida, General Electric in Cincinnati, Ohio, Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors in
Owego, New York, Longbow Limited Liability Corporation in Orlando, Florida, and Raytheon Corporation in
Tucson, Arizona. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.
Implementation of this proposed sale will require the assignment of three U.S. Government and five contractor
representatives to Qatar to support delivery of the APACHE helicopters and provide support and equipment
familiarization. In addition, Qatar has expressed an interest in a Technical Assistance Fielding Team for incountry
pilot and maintenance training. To support the requirement a team of 12 personnel (one military team
leader and 11 contractors) would be deployed to Qatar for approximately three years.
This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.
Source: Qatar - AH-64D APACHE Block III LONGBOW Attack Helicopters
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