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US Army Orders More Apache Combat Helicopters

© REUTERS / Paul HannaNATO forces in AH-64 Apache helicopters take part in Exercise Trident Juncture 2015, NATO's largest joint and combined military exercise in more than a decade, at the San Gregorio training grounds outside Zaragoza, Spain, November 4, 2015
NATO forces in AH-64 Apache helicopters take part in Exercise Trident Juncture 2015, NATO's largest joint and combined military exercise in more than a decade, at the San Gregorio training grounds outside Zaragoza, Spain, November 4, 2015 - Sputnik International
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The US Army has awarded Boeing a contract to buy 117 new Apache tactical ground support helicopters.

An AH-64D Apache helicopter, belonging to 1st Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, flies over Iraq. - Sputnik International
US Army Awards Boeing $185Mln Contract for Apache Combat Helicopters
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US Army has awarded Boeing a more than $900 million contract to buy 117 new Apache tactical ground support helicopters, the Department of Defense announced.

"Boeing Company, Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $922.6 million… contract for 117 AH-64E remanufactured Apache helicopters," the announcement stated on Thursday. "Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2018."

In March, the Defense Department announced that the US Army had awarded Boeing an earlier nearly $185 million contract to produce an undisclosed additional number of heavily-armored Apache AH-64 attack helicopters.

The Apache AH-64 has been described as a flying tank. It is a helicopter designed to survive heavy attack and inflict massive damage on ground forces.

The AH-64 is designed to attack day or night, including in unfavorable weather and visibility.

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