Bell Textron Awarded First PBL Contract in Support of U.S. Marine Corps’ H-1 Helicopter Platform

The U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) recently awarded Bell Textron Inc. the first Performance Based Logistics (PBL) contract in support of the U.S. Marine Corps’ H-1 helicopter platform.

The $815 million five-year, firm-fixed-price contract, based on Federal Acquisition Regulation Part 15 (Contracting by Negotiation), provides supply support for the UH-1Y Super Huey utility and the AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters. It will cover 35 individual items including tail rotor blades, gearboxes, and yokes. This contract is dual sourced with Fleet Readiness Center-East slated to perform repairs.

The PBL will ensure Bell produces and delivers parts on a regular schedule for the duration of the contract assuring the fleet has the materials it needs to stay mission ready.

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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