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Poland receives approval to purchase Apache helicopters

Defense Security Cooperation Agency reported on August 21 that the State Department had authorised the sale to Poland of 96 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters for around $12 billion.

The choice was made after the Polish Ministry of National Defence wrote to the American government almost a year earlier asking for permission to purchase the Boeing-manufactured helicopters for its armed forces.

210 T700-GE 701D engines, 97 AN/ASQ-170 Modernised Target Acquisition and Designation Sights, and AN/AAR-11 Modernised Pilot Night Vision Sensors, also known as M-TADS/PNVS, along with fire control radars and Common Missile Warning Systems, would also be included in the sale of Apache helicopters, pending congressional approval.

The transaction would also include 460 Joint Air-to-Ground Missiles (JAGM), 508 Stinger 92K Block I missiles, 7,650 Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II Guidance Sections, 1,844 Hellfire missiles, and 96 training missiles. Additionally, Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) receivers and ground kits would be included with the Apaches.

The Apache helicopters, which will be manufactured in Mesa, Arizona, will be supplied by Boeing, and major systems like the M-TADS/PNVS as well as the Hellfire and JAGM missiles will be provided by Lockheed Martin in Orlando, Florida.

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