Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. is awarded a contract modification for the production and delivery of a fully assembled Flight Training Device (FTD) of AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter to Bahrain.
The modification, worth around $8 million, was awarded by the U.S. Department of Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) as the sale is being executed under the U.S. Foreign military sales (FMS) program.
The contract work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas and the FTD, excluding software integration, is expected to be delivered by December 2020.
In November 2018, the Royal Bahraini Air Force (RBAF) has announced the purchase of 12 Bell AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters from the U.S. through the FMS route. The FMS sale, with an estimated cost of $911.4 million, was approved by the U.S. State Department in April 2018. The sale also included 26 T-700 GE 401C turboshaft engines (including two spares), 14 AGM-114 Hellfire Missiles, and 56 Advance Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS-II) WGU-59Bs.
Bell AH-1Z Viper is an American twin-engine attack helicopter, based on the AH-1W SuperCobra, that was developed for the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) as part of the H-1 upgrade program.
The AH-1Z features a four-blade, bearingless, composite main rotor system, uprated transmission, and a new target sighting system. The four-blade configuration provides improvements in-flight characteristics including increased flight envelope, maximum speed, vertical rate of climb, payload and reduced rotor vibration level.
The AH-1Z, one of the latest members of the prolific Huey family, is also called “Zulu Cobra”, based on the military phonetic alphabet pronunciation of its variant letter.