Bell Completes First AH-1Z Viper attack Helicopter for Bahrain

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Posted On September 3, 2022

Bell Completes First AH-1Z Viper attack Helicopter for Bahrain


Bell celebrated the completion of the first AH-1Z Viper αttαck helicopter for the Kingdom of Bahrain on Sep. 30, 2021. Bell celebrated the completion of the first AH-1Z Viper αttαck helicopter for the Kingdom of Bahrain on Sep. 30, 2021.

In accordance with the terms of the 2019 Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract, the business gave the first of 12 production aircraft to Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). Foreign military sales of the AH-1Z help boost interoperability and boost the effectiveness of ally forces by immediately delivering the aircraft’s cutting-edge, specialized capabilities to foreign operators. The Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) will get the helicopter ready for delivery to Bahrain before doing so in 2022.

“This is an extraordinary achievement by the H-1 Program and brings the Royal Bahraini Air Force a step closer to fielding the advanced capabilities of the AH-1Z,” said Mike Deslatte, Bell H-1 vice president and program director, in a company news release. “The men and women of Team Viper, a group of premier suppliers, have done an exceptional job of delivering to the U.S. Government, on time and on contract.”

Bell expressly created the AH-1Z Viper to satisfy the demanding operating specifications of the US Marine Corps (USMC), which put a premium on complete marinization and a small logistical footprint. The aircraft can transport a variety of armaments and has a completely integrated glass cockpit.

The fully integrated Target Sight System (TSS) improves pilots’ skills to identify clearly, acquire, track, and engage targets beyond maximum range, while the composite rotor system further increases the Viper’s capability to deliver close air support to ground forces in any scenario. “The Viper will provide significant benefits to the Bahrain Defence Force as they modernize their fleet of αttαck helicopters,” said Deslatte. “Having a proven state-of-the-art platform will help contribute to the security of Bahrain while improving interoperability with U.S. forces.”

Bell is still working to supply aircraft to Bahrain, the Czech Republic, and the U.S. Marine Corps. Bell began the Venom production last July for Czech Republic, the first foreign operator of the helicopter, after delivering the final UH-1Y to the USMC. Nevertheless, the business has kept up with the AH-1Z Viper production and delivery as part of the USMC H-1 production contract for 349 H-1 aircraft, which includes 160 UH-1Y and 189 AH-1Z.

An AH-1Z Viper and a UH-1Y Venom with Marine Light αttαck Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 469, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, practice landing and taking off during forwαrd arming and refueling point operations at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 26. Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 372, MAG-39, 3rd MAW and HMLA-469 conducted a day and night FARP for training in aerial operations support. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Clare J. McIntire/Released).

The UH-1 Iroquois and its descendant, the AH-1 Cobra, were a family of Huey helicopters used in Vietnam that served as the basis for the Venom and the Viper. 85 percent of the components between the modern models are the same, including the engines, rotor system, drivetrain, avionics architecture, softwαre, and controls. Due to the similarities between the aircraft, it was possible to keep vital supply chains running while the AH-1Z was being produced for the USMC.

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