Boeing’s latest contract from the U.S. Army continues to build on a legacy of customer field support for the Army’s AH-64 Apache. Boeing has provided field service representatives (FSR) for the U.S. Apache since 1985. Working side by side with Apache operators and maintainers, FSRs are located across the U.S. and deployed with Army units at international locations. Under the projected five-year, $83.3 million max indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity agreement, 15 Boeing field service representatives will be dedicated to the U.S. Army’s Apache fleet.
“Our field reps continue to be the direct, on-site technical expertise for Apache operators,” said John Chicoli, director of U.S. Army, Special Operations and Vertical Lift Services for Boeing. “Side by side with the customer, they bring access to the entire Boeing network for troubleshooting, complex maintenance support and training the warfighter.”
Boeing’s Apache FSR team includes 100% veterans of the U.S. military, with 90% having supported Apaches during their military career. The contract includes a base award and four option years. Boeing FSRs are a direct link to the latest Boeing proprietary technical documents and have instant access to Boeing engineering to supplement technical and maintenance manuals. OEM knowledge and expertise continues to support the U.S. Army’s 700 Apache attack helicopters.
The Boeing AH-64 Apache is an American twin-turboshaft attack helicopter with a tailwheel-type landing gear arrangement and a tandem cockpit for a crew of two. It is armed with a 30 mm (1.18 in) M230 chain gun carried between the main landing gear, under the aircraft’s forward fuselage, and four hardpoints mounted on stub-wing pylons for carrying armament and stores, typically a mixture of AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and Hydra 70 rocket pods. The AH-64 has significant systems redundancy to improve combat survivability.