A quality assurance team from the U.S. Army‘s Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center has inspected AH-64 Apache attack helicopters South Korea purchased through a foreign military sales deal with the U.S. government.
The center performs QA tests to help ensure that domestically made systems or services sold to international defense customers meet the same quality standards required for the U.S. military, the Army said Monday.
AMRDEC collaborates with the Army’s Security Assistance Command, Aviation and Missile Command Security Assistance Management Directorate, Program Executive Office Aviation, Joint Munitions Command, Apache Attack Helicopter Project Office and industry partners to conduct aircraft inspections.
Boeing is the manufacturer of Apache helicopters.
Paul Anderson, chief of the Army’s aviation systems quality branch, said that U.S. government flight representatives are the designated approving authority for contractor flights, procedures and crews.
“They ensure contractor compliance and act as the government insurance agent by assuming some of the risk of loss for aircraft,” Anderson added.