Poland intends to independently maintain and repair AH-64E Apache attack helicopters of the Polish Air Force
Poland intends to independently maintain some elements of the American AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, which will soon enter service with the Polish Air Force. The day before, the Polish Ministry of National Defense signed an agreement with Lockheed Martin.
On Monday, September 25, 2023, at the Boeing plant in Mesa, Arizona, USA, an offset agreement was signed between the Polish military department and the American company Lockheed Martin, providing for the deployment of service centers for AH-64E Apache attack helicopters at Polish enterprises.
As stated by Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak, this agreement will allow for the support, repair and maintenance of key components of Apache helicopters in service with the Polish army. In particular, Longbow radars and Hellfire missile guidance systems are planned to be serviced at the Wojskowe Zakłady Lotnicze No. 1 aircraft factory in Lodz.
Last September, Warsaw announced plans to purchase 96 Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, which should replace the “aging fleet” of Mi-24 combat helicopters in the military. Soviet helicopters being withdrawn from service should go to Ukraine.
Poland has not yet concluded a contract for the purchase of American helicopters, planning to do so by the end of this year, but the US State Department has already approved the possible sale of helicopters to the Polish military department. According to reports, the United States plans to supply Warsaw with 96 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, 1844 Hellfire missiles, 460 AGM-179A missiles, 210 aviation T700-GE 701d engines (192 installed, 18 spare), night vision devices for pilots, communication systems, simulators, etc.
In addition, the United States will provide the Polish Air Force with temporary use of eight AH-64 Apache helicopters from its own Air Force for training until new ones begin to arrive.
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