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    NEWS | Bell AH-1Z Viper in Royal Bahraini Air Force

    State Dept Approved AH-1Z FMS Sale to Bahrain


    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

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    State Dept Approved AH-1Z FMS Sale to Bahrain


    DSCA, April 27, 2018 - WASHINGTON - The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Bahrain of AH-1Z attack helicopters for an estimated cost of $911.4 million.

    The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

    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,
    - 56 Advance Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS-II) WGU-59Bs.

    - 15 Honeywell Embedded Global Positioning System (GPS) Inertial Navigation System (INS) (EGI) w/Standard Positioning Service (SPS) (including 3 spares),
    - 12 Joint Mission Planning Systems,
    - 12 M197 20mm gun systems,
    - 30 Tech Refresh Mission Computers,
    - 14 AN/AAQ-30 Target Sight Systems,
    - 26 Helmet Mounted Display/Optimized Top Owl,
    - communication equipment,
    - electronic warfare systems,
    - 15 APX-117 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF),
    - 15 AN/AAR-47 Missile Warning Systems,
    - 15 AN/ALE-47 Countermeasure Dispenser Sets,
    - 15 APR-39C(V)2 Radar Warning Receivers,
    - support equipment,
    - spare engine containers,
    - spare and repair parts, tools and test equipment,
    - technical data and publications,
    - personnel training and training equipment,
    - U.S. government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services,
    - other related elements of logistics and program support.

    The total estimated cost is $911.4 million.

    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. Our mutual defense interests anchor our relationship and the Royal Bahraini Air Force plays a significant role in Bahrain's defense.

    The proposed sale improves Bahrain's capability to meet current and future threats. Bahrain will use this capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense. This sale will improve interoperability with U.S. forces. Bahrain will have no difficulty absorbing these helicopters into its armed forces.

    This proposed sale of equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

    The principal contractors will be Bell Helicopter, Textron, Fort Worth, Texas; and General Electric Company, Lynn, Massachusetts. There are no known offset agreements proposed in conjunction with this potential sale.

    Implementation of this proposed sale will require multiple trips by U.S. Government and contractor representatives to participate in program and technical reviews plus training and maintenance support in country, on a temporary basis, for a period of sixty (60) months. It will also require three (3) contractor representatives to reside in country for a period of two (2) years to support this program.

    There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

    This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.


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    FMS Contract Awarded for Bahrain’ 12 AH-1Z Viper


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