Kuwait signs US $886M deal for Apache Longbows

Kuwait signed today, Sept 1, 2002; a $886 million arms contract for 16 Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters, according to Kuwaiti News Agency reported Saturday.

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By  Massoud Derhally Published  September 1, 2002

Kuwait signed today, Sept 1, 2002; a $886 million arms contract for 16 Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters, according to Kuwaiti News Agency reported Saturday.

"It is a government-to-government deal," Kuwait's Defence Minister Sheikh Jaber al-Hamad al-Sabah told Reuters by telephone on Friday.

The deal was signed in Kuwait on Saturday by Defense Minister Sheik Jaber Mubarak Al Hamad and U.S. Ambassador Richard Jones, the agency said in a report posted on its Web site.

In April, the Pentagon announced plans to sell 16 AH-64D Apache attack helicopters to Kuwait. It said that deal was valued at $2.1 billion, and was to include four spare General Electric Co. T-700-GE-701C engines, four Hellfire missile launchers, 288 Hellfire air-to-ground missiles and other missiles and equipment.

On Saturday, Sheik Jaber said the contract provides for the training in the United States of 48 Kuwaiti pilots and technicians, as well as the supply of spare parts and missiles.

Sheikh Jaber has completed several agreements as part of a $12 billion post-Gulf War plan to rearm and upgrade the Kuwait’s military.

Kuwait will receive the first delivery of helicopters in early 2005, Sheik Jaber said.

The helicopters will contribute significantly to Kuwait's ability to defend itself, the agency quoted Ambassador Jones as saying.

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