Bell to build AH-1Z attack helicopters for U.S. Marine Corps
- August 27, 2018
Bell Helicopter Textron of Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a nearly $510 million contract modification to build 29 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters for the U.S. Marine Corps.
The modification also provides for long lead material and components for an additional seven Lot 16 aircraft.
Work is expected to be completed in February 2021.
The AH-1Z Viper is a derivative of the AH-1W Super Cobra and is part of the Huey family of helicopter platforms that dates back to the Vietnam War. It serves as an attack helicopter for the Marine Corps.
The rotorcraft carries a 20mm chain gun in a rotating turret and can mount 2.75 inch rockets, laser-guided missiles, and Sidewinder air-to-air infrared missiles. It also features an electronic warfare suite and Forward Looking Infrared imaging systems for night operations.