Apache contract going to Boeing..

I have just read in the Sunday Telegraph that the contract for the next Apache is going to Boeing. I have read previously read that the Boeing version has a lower spec. Putting aside the effect of loosing critical skills by not giving the contract to a uk company, what are the real life effects of this purchase? How much less effective is this version?
Thanks for any replies in advance.
Ok, I had a quick search and that didn't come up. I can delete it, if someone tells me how?

So as a gunner did you use your swede as a recoil buffer?

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