Britain’s Ministry of Defence has officially confirmed two large defense contracts – one for the purchase of maritime patrol aircraft Boeing P-8 Poseidon and the other – for the delivery of attack helicopters AH-64E Apache. This happened yesterday, July 11, 2016, during the exhibition in Farnborough.
In total will be ordered nine maritime patrol aircraft P-8, which is based on the Boeing 737. The machines will be placed in the Scottish airbase Losimaut and for their purchase is prepared the amount of $3.9 billion. The primary purpose of P-8 fighting enemy submarines but Britain will use the aircraft for other tasks as well, such as search and rescue. The first two aircraft will be delivered in April 2019, followed by three in 2020 and the last four will be received the year after.
Britain had been wanting assault helicopters AH-64E some time, but until now it was unclear whether the machines will be newly produced or will be rebuilt from existing Apache AH1 (a version of the AH-64D with more powerful engines). It is now clear that the country will buy 50 newly produced AH-64E worth about $2.3 billion.
The deal should be finalized within the next 12 months and then the deadline for delivery will become clear.
Meanwhile, the present Apache AH1 will be maintained until 2023 – 2024.