The Royal Netherlands Air Force is cleared by the US State Department to buy 28 remanufactured Boeing AH-64E helicopters worth a total of $1.19 billion, the US government announced on 20 February.

The deal calls for remanufacturing the RNLAF’s 28 AH-64D airframes to the Echo-model standard.

The AH-64E includes the more powerful GE Aviation T700-GE-701D engine with a face gear transmission. The RNLF would receive 51 -701D engines if the deal is confirmed, including nine spares, the State Department says.

Other items included under the deal are 17 APG-78 fire control radars, 28 modernised target acquisition and designation sights (MTADS) with modernised pilot night vision sensors (PNVS).