Bahrain to purchase AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters
- November 16, 2018
Bahrain has signed an agreement, worth $912 million, with Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. to purchase 12 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters.
Commander of Bahrain’s Royal Guard Special Force Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, “The AH-1Z boasts modern and sophisticated combat capabilities. Bahrain will become the second country in the world to use the aircraft after the U.S.” said.
the Government of Bahrain has requested 12 AH-1Z attack helicopters, 26 T-700 GE 401C engines (24 installed and 2 spares), 14 AGM-114 Hellfire Missiles, and 56 Advance Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS-II) WGU-59Bs.
The DSCA also noted that this proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a major Non-NATO ally which is an important security partner in the region.
The helicopters will be delivered from late 2022-early 2023.