America Is Selling More Arms to the Netherlands, Finland and Kuwait. Here is the Rundown.

    Dave Majumdar


    Of the three potential deals, the Dutch AH-64E is probably the most prominent.

    The U.S. State Department has notified the Congress of several potential new defense sales to the Netherlands, Finland and Kuwait. The potential arms deal range from Boeing AH-64E Apache gunships to fast attack vessels to Mk-41 vertical launch systems.

    Of the three potential deals, the Dutch AH-64E is probably the most prominent.

    “The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Netherlands of items and services to support the upgrade/remanufacture of AH-64D Block II Apache Attack Helicopters to the AH-64E configuration for an estimated cost of $ 1.191 billion,” the State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs stated on Feb. 20. “The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.”

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    As the State Department notes, the Dutch have requested a remanufacturing deal to rebuild 28 existing AH-64D Block II Apaches into the new AH-64E configuration. As part of the deal, 51 General Electric T700-GE-701C engines would be upgraded to the T700-GE-701D configuration. A host of other sensors and avionics would also be similarly upgraded.

    Meanwhile, Finland hopes to purchase the Mk-41 vertical launch system, which can host a variety of naval missiles ranging from the Standard SM-2 to the Tomahawk land attack cruise missile.

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