New customer from ‘Pacific region’ expected to be new Apache operator: Boeing

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Boeing is looking into two additional operators of AH-64 Apache attack helicopter. One potential customer is in the “Pacific region”. This is according to report by Jane’s quoting Terry Jamison, Director, Vertical Lift International Sales of Boeing.

“We expect the current 16 global operators of the Apache to go up to 18 in the next 12 months as we look to add two new users to the community that we like to call Team Apache. These two countries are totally new to the Apache – they are not existing customers looking to upgrade to the AH-64E,” Jamison said as quoted by Jane’s in an interview May 5.

However, Jamison clarified that the potential operator in the Pacific region is not Philippines. Jane’s said Australia and Bangladesh are known to be considering Apache.

Philippines was approved by the United States State Department to purchase either the AH-1Z Viper or AH-64E Apache for Philippine Air Force (PAF)’s attack helicopter acquisition project.

Amid the approval of potential sale of US attack helicopters, National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said PAF already chose the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) T129 ATAK attack helicopter for the said acquisition project.

Secretary Lorenzana also confirmed that the Notice of Award was already released, but the contract is yet to be signed.