News about Bell AH-1Z Viper
New Mission Computer Fielded with UH-1Y and AH-1Z, 02-Nov-17 : US Marine Corps UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopters are the first to be fitted with Northrop Grumman’s Tech Refresh Mission Computer (TRMC) which features multi-core processing
New Aux Fuel Tanks for UH-1Y and AH-1Z, 17-Mar-17 : Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron HMLA-267 used new auxiliary fuel tanks in the AH-1Z Viper and UH-1Y Venom for a 25% range increase during recent flights based from Okinawa, Japan
Lockheed Martin Awarded AH-1Z Target Sight System, 21-Feb-17 : Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) $150M contract to Lockheed Martin for Marines Bell AH-1Z Viper helicopter’s Target Sight Systems (TSS). Since 2008 more than 100 delivered and ongoing through 2026
Bell Helicopter Awarded Contract for 25 AH-1Z Viper, 08-Feb-17 : US Marines secures Lot 14 contract for 25 Bell AH-1Z Viper new build helicopters to be delivered by 2020
CPI Aero Award Contract for AH-1Z Components, 17-Jan-17 : CPI Aero which has manufactured the engine cowl assemblies for the Bell AH-1Z Viper since 2011 now received a indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract ending in 2020
Polish PGZ Sign LOI on AH-1Z Viper, 14-Dec-16 : Bell Helicopter and Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to support the AH-1Z in case to be selected by the Polish Armed Forces attack helicopters “Kruk” Program
Bell AH-1Z Viper Offered to Romania, 14-Nov-16 : Romanian aerospace manufacturer IAR signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bell Helicopter to discuss potential collaboration on the AH-1Z Viper gunship in case is purchased by Romania
U.S. Marines $461 M Contract for 28 Helicopters, 11-May-16 : U.S. Marines to receive additional 12 UH-1Y Venom utility helicopters and 16 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters and the associated auxiliary fuel kits in a $461.1 million contract
Bell Helicopter Teamed with BAE Systems Australia, 16-Feb-16 : Singapore Airshow 2016 Bell Helicopter signed an agreement with BAE Systems Australia to pursue military rotorcraft opportunities in Australia related the UH-1Y and AH-1Z programs
Pakistan AH-1Z Target Sight System Funded, 15-Jan-16 : Lockheed Martin awarded Target Sight System (TSS) contract for Pakistan AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters. Work is expected to be complete by December 2017.
UH-1Y and AH-1Z Contract for both USMC and Pakistan, 25-Aug-15 : Bell Helicopter awarded contract for 15 Lot 12 UH-1Y, 19 Lot 12 AH-1Z, one Lot 13 UH-1Y and 21 auxiliary fuel kits for the Marine Corps and Pakistan.
U.S. Approved 15 AH-1Z For Pakistan, 06-Apr-15 : U.S. State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Pakistan for 15 AH-1Z Viper Helicopters and 1000 AGM-114R Hellfire II Missiles and associated equipment for $952 million
Bell Kaman Agreement for UH-1Y / AH-1Z Components, 26-Mar-15 : Kaman Aerosystems has been awarded an extension to its current contract with Bell Helicopter to manufacture skin and skin to core components for the Bell UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopters.
New Mission Computer for Marines H-1 Upgrades, 17-Nov-14 : Northrop Grumman will provide next-generation mission computer FlightPro Gen III for the Marine Corps UH-1Y and AH‑1Z helicopters.
Lockheed Martin Targeting System for AH-1Z, 28-Oct-13 : Orlando, Fla. - Lockheed Martin received a $33.9 million follow-on production contract from the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Crane Division, for the Target Sight System (TSS), the fire control system for the U.S. Marine Corps’ AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopter.
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17-May-05 - AH-1Z/UH-1Y complete first sea trials
17-Jun-04 - First Flight for AH-1Z Turned Exhaust
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