Boeing wins helicopter contract for Thailand

MELBOURNE, Australia – Boeing has been awarded a contract by the US Department of Defense to supply Thailand with AH-6 light attack helicopters announced February 18th.

The department said Boeing’s Mesa, Arizona site has been granted a $103.8 million modification to the contract for the AH-6 aircraft with an expected completion date of May 30, 2025.

The notice added that the contract modification was for a Foreign Paramilitary program for Thailand. The US State Department previously approved the sale of eight AH-6i Little Bird helicopters in September 2019, estimated to be worth no more than $400 million. The Thai government later clarified that it had approved 4.2 billion baht ($130.3 million) for the acquisition.

The State Department’s approval of the AH-6i states that the helicopter is designed to replace the Royal Thai Army’s Bell AH-1F HueyCobra helicopter fleet of seven Bell AH-helicopters. 1F HueyCobra, with Wescam MX-10 multi-glass electro-optical sensor and night vision goggles are included in the Parcel proposal.

The package also includes 50 AGM-114R Hellfire guided missiles manufactured by Lockheed Martin, 200 BAE Systems laser-guided advanced precision weapons-killing missiles, 2.75-inch laser-guided missiles, Hydra unguided rockets, shotguns and machine guns.

It also added that the helicopters will be used to “provide light attack reconnaissance to provide air support to special operations forces, Stryker infantrymen and border guard units.” .”

Mike Yeo is Defense News’ Asia correspondent. He wrote his first defense-related journal article in 1998 before pursuing a degree in aerospace engineering at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia. After a stint in engineering, he became a freelance defense reporter in 2013 and has written for a number of media outlets. Boeing wins helicopter contract for Thailand

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