The US State Department approves Apache AH-64E and AH-1Z Viper Helicopter For Philippines

The Philippines is considering either the AH-64E or the AH-1Z to modernize its attack helicopter capabilities. The proposed sale will assist the Philippines in developing and maintaining strong self-defense, counterterrorism, and critical infrastructure protection capabilities.

The State Department has approved Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the Philippines of six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $1.5 billion. The State Department also approved six AH-1Z attack helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $450 million.

The Foreign Military Sale includes 200 AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, twelve M36E9 Hellfire Captive Air Training Missiles (CATM), 300 Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) Kits, and 1,700 Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) Guidance Sections.

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This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country that continues to be an important force for political stability, peace, and economic progress in South-East Asia.

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