Iraq is now not buying the Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters that it requested earlier this year, having let the offer by the US government lapse.

The collapse of the proposed sale was confirmed to IHS Jane’s by the US Army on 24 September. A statement by the army said: “The request from Iraq for 24 Apaches was approved by Congress. The Iraqis never accepted the offer and it expired in August.”

The Iraqi government requested the sale of 24 AH-64Es and the lease of a further six Apaches (it was not disclosed if these leased helicopters would also be AH-64Es) in two separate notifications that were announced by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 27 January. […]