Bell Receives $815 Million Contract to Support U.S. Marine Corps UH-1Y, AH-1Z Helicopter Fleet

Bell Textron Inc. is awarded an $815 million indefinite-delivery, performance-based logistics requirements contract for the repair, upgrade or replacement of 35 items used on the U.S. Marine Corps UH-1Y Venom and AH-1Z Viper helicopter fleet.

The contract, awarded by the Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS), also includes inventory management, warehousing and establishing supply response time metrics.

Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (80%); and Cherry Point, North Carolina (20%). This contract includes a five-year base period with no options. Work is expected to be completed by December 2024.

Bell AH-1Z Viper is an American twin-engine attack helicopter and UH-1Y Venom (also called Super Huey) is a twin-engine, medium-sized utility helicopter. The helicopters are based on AH-1W SuperCobra and UH-1N Twin Huey respectively and were developed by Bell under the H-1 upgrade program of the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC).

Even though superficially different from each other, the two helicopters have 84% parts commonality.

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