Boeing awarded contract to produce helicopters


WASHINGTON — Boeing Co. has been awarded a contract to manufacture 31 AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters for Taiwan, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Monday.

The US$141.7 million firm-fixed-price contract awarded Oct. 29 also covered the production of two fixed-site Longbow crew trainers matching the AH-64D aircraft configuration, according to the department.

Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of July 30, 2015, the department said.

According to anonymous sources, the first batch of helicopters is expected to be delivered to Taiwan in the first quarter of 2014.

The helicopters were first offered by the United States to Taiwan in 2002, but the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation did not formally notify Congress of the sale until October 2008.