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The Polish army is in search of to buy 96 AH-64E Apache assault helicopters from Boeing, tripling an earlier request for 32 plane Thursday.
The acquisition would grant Poland the 2nd largest fleet of Apaches on the planet, behind the USA. The Boeing-produced plane is among the many most superior assault helicopters on the planet. First coming into service in 1984, the Apache has seen quite a few updates to its weapons, engines and communications tools.
“Boeing is honored the Authorities of Poland has chosen the AH-64E Apache for the Polish Armed Forces’ new assault helicopter fleet,” Boeing wrote in a Thursday assertion. “An Apache choice strengthens U.S-Polish army ties by enhancing interoperability and cooperation between Poland, the U.S. Military and NATO nations.”
“Throughout the procurement course of, Boeing established vital cooperative partnerships throughout the Polish authorities and trade. Our partnership with the Polish Armaments Group, specifically, will proceed to broaden as we implement coaching and sustainment efforts with native trade,” the assertion continued.
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The worth tag for the acquisition has but to be introduced, however particular person plane can price as much as $140 million, relying on how they’re outfitted.
Poland’s new fleet of Apaches would exchange its outdated, Soviet-designed Mil Mi-24 fleet.
The acquisition comes as tensions between Russia and the West proceed to escalate. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is nearing its seventh month and reveals no signal of slowing down.
President Joe Biden’s administration introduced a further $2 billion in army funding for Ukraine and 18 different European nations dealing with threats from Russia.
The package deal will concentrate on long-term army assist quite than the ammunition and tools included in previous support packages, the administration says. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made the announcement Thursday morning, simply minutes after Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin introduced a separate $675 million package deal of army tools for Ukraine.
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The pair of packages put the whole army support offered by the U.S. to Ukraine at over $15 billion since President Biden entered workplace.