Released on Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Saudi Arabia - AH-64D APACHE Longbow Helicopters
WASHINGTON, September 9, 2008 – The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a
possible Foreign Military Sale to Saudi Arabia of AH-64D APACHE Longbow Helicopters as well as
associated equipment and services. The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $598
The Government of Saudi Arabia has requested a possible sale of 12 AH-64D Block II APACHE Longbow
Helicopters, 30 T700-GE-701D Engines, 12 Modernized Targeting Acquisition and Designation Systems/Pilot
Night Vision Sensors, 4 each AN/APG-78 Fire Control Radars and AN/APR-48 Radar Frequency
Interferometers, 28 M299 HELLFIRE Longbow Missile Launchers, 12 AN/ALQ-144C(V)3 Infrared Jammers,
12 AN/APR-39A(V)4 Radar Signal Detecting Sets, 12 AN/ALQ-136(V)5 Radar Jammers, 12 AAR-57(V)3/5
Common Missile Warning Systems, 36 Improved Countermeasures Dispensers, and 12 AN/AVR-2B Laser
Warning Sets. Also included: composite horizontal stabilators, Integrated Helmet and Display Sight Systems,
repair and return, transportation, depot maintenance, spare and repair parts, support equipment, publications and
technical documentation, U.S. Government and contractor technical support, and other related elements of
program support. The estimated cost is $598 million.
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
stability and economic progress in the Middle East.
Saudi Arabia will use the AH-64D for its national security, and protecting its borders and oil infrastructure. The
aircraft will provide the Saudi military more advanced targeting and engagement capabilities. The proposed
sale will provide for the defense of vital installations and will provide close air support for the Saudi military
ground forces. This sale also will increase the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) APACHE sustainability and
interoperability with the U.S. Air Force, the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, and other coalition air forces.
Saudi Arabia will have no difficulty absorbing these helicopters into its armed forces.
The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not affect the basic military balance in the region.
The prime contractors will be Boeing Corporation of Mesa, Arizona, General Electric Company of Fairfield,
Connecticut, and Lockheed Martin Corporation of Palmdale, California. There are no known offset agreements
proposed in connection with this potential sale.
Implementation of this proposed sale requires the assignment of one Contractor Field Service representative
(CFSR) to Saudi Arabia for two years for the airframe and electrical systems, and another CFSR for two years
for the Fire Control Radar. Also, this program will require U.S. government and contractor personnel
participation in annual, one-week Program Management Reviews in Saudi Arabia.
There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.
This notice of a potential sale is required by law; it does not mean that the sale has been concluded.
Sales & Contracts
CFSR - Contractor Field Service Representative
DSCA - Defense Security Cooperation Agency
FMS - Foreign Military Sale
RSAF - Royal Saudi Air Force