Boeing has bagged the deal to supply Apache attack helicopters to Bangladesh.
Boeing’s senior manager for global sales and marketing for attack and cargo helicopter programmes Terry Jamison made the disclosure at a briefing on January 21, according to a report by Jane’s Defence Industry.
Jamison said that Bangladesh was looking to procure the AH-64E Apache helicopters through competitive bidding process through which Boeing had beaten competitors ‘on price’.
But Inter-Services Public Relations director Lieutenant Colonel Abdullah Ibn Zaid refused to make any comment about the deal on Thursday.
The development, according to the government officials culminated following year-long negotiations between the governments of Bangladesh and the United States.
In February, US ambassador in Dhaka Earl Miller told reporters after a meeting with foreign minister AK Abdul Momen that Bangladesh should buy ‘defence articles from the US’.
Since 2017, Bangladesh’s Directorate General of Defence Purchases has been looking for purchasing eight newly built multi-role combat aircraft for Bangladesh Air Force.
Bangladesh wants to buy the new fighters to fortify its defence capabilities against aerial threats as well as to create its platform for
anti-surface, maritime and offensive counter-air operations.
As per the BAF’s requirements, the fighter must be newly built, with manufacturing starting not earlier than the year of signing the contract and must of twin-engines.
Neighbouring India signed a multi-billion dollar contract with the US government and Boeing Ltd in September 2015 for buying 22 Apache helicopters.
According to a report run by of by Indian state-run news agency PTI on September 03, 2019, the Indian Defence Ministry in 2017 approved procurement of six Apache helicopters along with weapons systems from Boeing at a cost of Rs 4,168 crore.
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