(24 Feb 2022)
Boeing has been awarded an US$103.7 million
contract by the U.S. Department of Defense as part of a foreign
military sale for eight AH-6 light attack reconnaissance
helicopters to Thailand.
The contract also includes spares, training
devices, support equipment, and technical publications for the
Royal Thai Army.
The deal paves the way for the Royal Thai Army to
replace its fleet of aging AH-1F Cobras as part of the country’s
defense modernization efforts.
AH-6 light attack reconnaissance helicopter.
A beneficiary of ongoing AH-64 Apache
modernization efforts, the AH-6 features an advanced mission
computer capable of processing large amounts of data and sharing
system information with the rest of the aircraft quickly —
enhancing safety and situational awareness, enabling faster
decision making, reducing pilot workload and decreasing support
costs throughout the aircraft’s life cycle.
Thailand is Boeing’s second international customer
for the aircraft.
“We welcome Thailand’s selection of Boeing’s AH-6
light attack reconnaissance helicopter and look forward to working
with the U.S. and Thai governments as part of the foreign military
sale process,” said Jessie Farrington, business development
director of Attack Helicopter Programs. “From its unmatched
power-to-weight ratio to its extensive, integrated digital
communications suite, the AH-6 offers superior performance,
capability and versatility and will be a force-multiplier for the
Royal Thai Army.”
The aircraft will be produced in
Mesa, Arizona, with deliveries planned through 2024.