The British Army operates a fleet of 67 Boeing-designed Apache AH-Mk.1 attack helicopters, the most advanced multi-role combat helicopter in the Army Air Corp. The multi-mission Apache is capable of hunting and destroying tanks, but is equally capable of providing Close Air Support, escort and independent precision attack which makes it exceptionally valuable in conflicts such as Afghanistan.
Boeing’s UK Rotorcraft Support team in Yeovil and East Anglia, with reach-back to the Apache worldwide support organisation in Mesa, Arizona, provides Technical Support and Logistics Services for the UK’s fleet of Apaches, which are forward deployed in Afghanistan from the Apache main operating base at Wattisham Air Station in Suffolk. The Boeing team, as Design Authority, provides a wide range of technical services to assist with operation and maintenance of the aircraft. They also deliver spares, perform repair and overhaul and are responsible for the design integration support for Mission/Theatre Specific Equipment needed in the field.
In October 2009, the Ministry of Defence awarded the Apache Integrated Operational Support (IOS) contract to an AgustaWestland-led team supported by Boeing. The contract valued at £439 million (€480 million), covers an initial period to March 2014,to meet the Apache Attack Helicopter Future Support Arrangements (FSA) requirement.
The Apache IOS contract delivers greater aircraft availability whilst reducing through life-cycle costs. The programme models the success of similar through-life contracts such as Boeing’s UK Chinook Through Life Customer Support (TLCS) and leverages the economy of scale of the Boeing company‘s support of the Apache fleet worldwide with AgustaWestland’s experience with other IOS programmes. As part of this work, Aviation Training International Limited (ATIL)
is a 50:50 joint venture company between The Boeing Company and AgustaWestland.
For more information on the AH-64 Apache visit: http://www.boeing.com/rotorcraft/military/ah64d/index.htm