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    UK Reaches $2.3Bln Deal With US on 50 New Apache Helicopters Purchase

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    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced a $2.3 billion deal to secure 50 of the latest generation Apache attack helicopters for the British Army, according to official statement.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) reached a deal worth $2.3 billion with the United States on procurement of 50 advanced Apache AH-64E helicopters, the ministry's press service said in a statement Monday.

    "The Ministry of Defence has today announced a $2.3 billion deal to secure 50 of the latest generation Apache attack helicopters for the British Army," the statement said.

    The first batch of the UK's AH-64E helicopters are expected to be produced by 2020 and would enter service with the British Armed Forces in 2022, the ministry added.

    According to the statement, the purchase of the cutting-edge helicopters, built by Boeing, will bring benefits for both US manufacturers and UK companies involved in the global Apache supply chain.

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