Morocco has requested the sale of 36 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters from the United States in a deal worth $4.25 billion.

The State Department approved the possible Foreign Military Sale, with the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivering the required certification notifying Congress of the possible sale on 19 November.

The Moroccan request covers 24 new AH-64E Apaches with another 12 optional, with Boeing and Lockheed Martin being the prime contractors. The request also includes 79 T700-GE-701D engines (including 6 spares), 18 AN/APG-78 Fire Control Radars, Link-16 terminals, weapons, spares and training.

Morocco has requested the Apaches be armed with AGM-114R Hellfire missiles (441 new and 110 optional requested), AGM-114L Hellfire missiles (60 requested), Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System munitions (478 installed, 110 optional), AIM-92H Stinger missiles (200 requested) as well as M261 rocket launchers (3 896 new, 1 320 70 mm rockets requested) and 93 000 rounds of 30 mm cannon ammunition.

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