News about Bell 209 AH-1 Cobra
State Dept Approved AH-1Z FMS Sale to Bahrain, 27-Apr-18 : U.S. State Department approved possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Bahrain of 12 AH-1Z valued $911.4 million. The Royal Bahraini Air Force already operates the AH-1E/P
HMLAT-303 Says Farewell to Their Last AH-1W, 06-Feb-18 : USMC training squadron HMLAT-303 transitioned from the AH-1W to the AH-1Z Viper and flew their last Super Cobra to the boneyard in Arizona
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
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
Operation Odyssey Lightning, 03-Nov-16 : USMC AH-1W Super Cobra of the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conducted precision air strikes against ISIS in Sirte, Libya
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.
BLR FastFin System for the AH-1 Cobra, 05-Oct-15 : Helitech 2015 BLR Aerospace is flight testing the FastFin Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System on the AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter
50th Anniversary of First Flight of AH-1 Cobra, 08-Sep-15 : Fifty years ago the Bell 209 AH-1 Cobra took flight; historic day ushered in new era of attack helicopters
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.
Marine Corps H-1 Upgrades, 09-Jul-15 : Northrop Grumman will deliver its next-generation mission computer for Lot 12 of the Marine Corps UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopter upgrade program.
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
Wireless TOW 2A RF Fired From AH-1W Super Cobra, 30-Mar-15 : For the first time, tube-launched optically-tracked wireless-guided (TOW) 2A radio frequency (RF) missiles were launched from an AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopter
Elbit to Upgrade Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobras, 18-May-14 : FORT WORTH, Texas - Elbit Systems of America, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems, Ltd., has been awarded two contracts, totaling $14.1 million, supporting the U.S. Marine Corps' upgrade of their Bell AH-1W attack helicopter fleet.
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21-Dec-11 - MAD restores retro-painted AH-1 for Centennial of Naval Aviation
04-Oct-10 - AH-1Z Successfully Completed OPEVAL
17-Jun-04 - First Flight for AH-1Z Turned Exhaust
07-Dec-00 - AH-1Z completes first flight