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  • Czech to Acquire Mixed Fleet of AH-1Z and UH-1Y Helicopters
    Czech to Acquire Mixed Fleet of AH-1Z and UH-1Y Helicopters December 14 2019
      The US Defence Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper and Czech Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar met at the Pentagon to finalize the sale of eight UH-1Y Venom utility helicopters and four AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters on Dec. 12. The sale, which Esper said was a "historic moment," totals about $650 million and is the Czech Republic's largest military purchase from the U.S. The defence secretary said it is a step forward in the Czech Republic's replacement of ...
  • Helicopter Change in Inventory
    Helicopter Change in Inventory November 7 2019
    Poland plans to replace the Mil Mi-24 ‘Hind’ attack helicopter in its inventory with modern platforms under the Kruk (Raven) program. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defence (MND), the MND confirmed the high priority of the Kruk program. The MND is focused on the acquisition of two combat rotary-wing squadrons for the Ground Forces and additional helicopters for the Navy. While the platform to be purchased is not determined within the scope of th...
  • Russian Helicopters will Retire
    Russian Helicopters will Retire August 23 2019
    The Czech Republic decided to retire the Russian-made helicopters in its inventory. The Czech Republic will buy 12 military helicopters from US maker Bell a deal priced at $622 million, Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar said on August 22. The deal includes the utility Venom aircraft and the attack Viper aircraft, which share most of their parts. “It will be eight Venoms and four Vipers,” Metnar told reporters. The contract expected to sign by the end of the year with delivery starti...
  • $6 961 Billion Worth Export
    $6 961 Billion Worth Export May 7 2019
    The State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to three countries for five different defence items. Two for Bahrain, two for Czech Republic and one for United Arab Emirates. Total cost for Bahrain is $ 3. 228 billion. Total tag price for Czech Republic is 1. 085 billion and UAE will pay $2.728 billion. Total export value is $6 961 billion. Bahrain will acquire various Patriot missile systems and related support and equipment for an...
  • Second Step for Bahrain Helicopters
    Second Step for Bahrain Helicopters February 11 2019
      Bahreyn's new attack helicopter will take the second step. In this context, the United States has inked a procurement agreement with Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. which costs USD 240,266 million. Helicopters to be procured under the FMS and Bahrain had ordered 16 units. It is planned to deliver the platforms until 2022 where the production process will begin. The AH-1Z Viper is a four-blade Cobra developed in the attack helicopter phase of the H...
  • US Clears Way for Bahrain AH-1Z Sale Worth $912m
    US Clears Way for Bahrain AH-1Z Sale Worth $912m November 17 2018
    Bahrain has signed an agreement with Bell Helicopter Textron Inc to procure 12 Bell AH-1Z twin-engine attack helicopters after the United States senate voted down a draft resolution to block US Arms sales to Bahrain. Contract was announced at the Bahrain International Air Show on 15 November. The first batch of the aircraft will be delivered to Bahrain by the end of 2022, the official Bahrain News Agency reported on Thursday. The US Senate, on Thursday, rejected a measure, provided ...
  • Pakistan Discuss Plan B to for T-129
    Pakistan Discuss Plan B to for T-129 September 10 2018
    Pakistani defence Magazine Quwa brought future of T-129 deal with Pakistan to discussion table. Magazine claims that “current tensions between Ankara and Washington have cast doubt on whether Turkish Aerospace will be able to bring Pakistan’s order for 30 T129 ATAK attack helicopters to fruition. “ Magazine discuss that “the concern stems from the fact that the T129’s engine – i.e. the Light Helicopter Turbine Engine Company (LHTEC) CTS800 turbosh...
  • Bell Is Awarded $ 510 Million Contract
    Bell Is Awarded $ 510 Million Contract August 26 2018
    U.S. Department of Defence issued a contract announcement with Bell for 29 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter. Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., is awarded $509,750,754 for the manufacture and delivery of 29 Lot 15 production AH-1Z New-Build aircraft in support of the Marine Corps H-1 upgrade program. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent); and Amarillo, Texas (40 percent), and is expected to be completed in February 2021.
  • Lockheed's Joint Air-To-Ground Missile Enters into Low-Rate Initial Production
    Lockheed's Joint Air-To-Ground Missile Enters into Low-Rate Initial Production June 30 2018
    Lockheed Martin's Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) system has successfully passed its Defence Acquisition Board review. The signed Acquisition Decision Memorandum approves the JAGM system to enter into Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP). JAGM is a multi-sensor air-to-ground missile that is the successor to the combat proven HELLFIRE Romeo and HELLFIRE Longbow missiles. Backward compatible with all rotary wing and fixed wing platforms that fire the HELLFIRE family of missiles, ...
  • Japan to replace Cobra helicopters
    Japan to replace Cobra helicopters June 1 2018
    Japan has issued a request for information (RFI) to replace its Fuji-Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters. The RFI, aims finding a replacement for the 71 AH-1Shelicopters fielded by the Japanese Ground Self Defence Force (JGSDF) of which 59 are reported to still be operational. Japan manufactured 89 AH-1S Cobras which were licensed by Fuji Heavy Industries.  The engine is the T53-K-703 turboshaft, which Kawasaki Heavy Industries produced under license. The effort to replace ...
  • US Navy Ordered More Than 7,000 APKWS
    US Navy Ordered More Than 7,000 APKWS May 9 2018
    The US Navy ordered more than 7 thousand Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) Laser-Guided Rockets from BAE systems under a $175 million contract.  The APKWS technology transforms standard 2.75-inch (70-millimeter) rockets into precision munitions by simply installing the guidance kit between the warhead and engine of an unguided rocket. The company expects additional orders to bring the total number of units for this production lot to 17,500. ...
  • US Approved AH-1Z Sales to Bahrain
    US Approved AH-1Z Sales to Bahrain April 30 2018
    The US 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 on 27 April.  The Government of Bahrain has requested 12 AH-1Z attack helicopters along with associated sustainment and support equipment, as well as weapons including 14 AGM-114 Hel...
  • USMC Complete First F/A-18, APKWS Flight
    USMC Complete First F/A-18, APKWS Flight April 18 2018
    The Marine Corps’ F/A-18 squadrons recently flew with the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS), the US Naval Air Systems Command announced on 16 April. APKWS allows the F/A-18A-D to maintain a forward-firing, moving-target capability. The F/A-18 is the second Navy fixed-wing platform to carry APKWS after the AV-8B. Rotary-wing platforms including the UH-1Y, AH-1Z and MH-60S/R can also carry APKWS. 
  • HMLA-367 replaces AH-1W with AH-1Z
    HMLA-367 replaces AH-1W with AH-1Z March 16 2018
    AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters flying at Marine Corps Base Hawaii as a part of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 retire. The newest variant of the aircraft, the AH-1Z Viper replaced the whiskey models. HMLA-367 received its first three AH-1Zs in December 2017 to begin replacing the AH-1Ws, but it’s not the last the squadron will see of the cobras. The unit has eight AH-1Ws and three will remain in Hawaii as static displays while the other five will be transported to t...
  • 'Viper' Support to USMC
    'Viper' Support to USMC February 9 2017
    Bell, based in Fort Worth, Texas, announced on Tuesday that it would produce 27 new AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters for the US Marine Corps (USMC). The $49.1 million contract signed with the US Navy is considered part of the H-1 upgrade program. The H-1 upgrade program is aimed at obtaining new helicopters as well as AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopters transform into AH-1Z and UH-1N Twin Huey service helicopters transform into UH-1Y in inventory. The AH-1Z will be an advanced AH-1W S...
  • Pakistan may Receive Mi-35 Helicopters In 2017
    Pakistan may Receive Mi-35 Helicopters In 2017 December 22 2016
    Pakistan’s Minister of Defence Production (MoDP) Rana Tanveer Hussain reportedly informed Pakistani media that Pakistan will receive its four Mi-35 assault helicopters from Russia in 2017 with the cost of $153 million U.S. Islamabad and Moscow signed the agreement on Mi-35 sale August 2015.   In April 2015, the U.S. State Department cleared the possible sale of 15 Bell AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters to Pakistan. Pentagon awarded Bell a contract to produce 11 AH-...
  • Poland Eyes Apache Helicopters April 25 2016
    Poland’s Ministry of Defence is likely to prefer Boeing’s AH-64 Apache helicopters under its ongoing “Kruk” (‘Raven’) tender according to local business daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawnai. The Kruk procurement program will total at least $1.6 billion. Airbus with the EC665 Tiger; Bell Helicopters with the AH-1Z Cobra; Boeing with the AH-64 Apache and Turkish Aerospace Industries with the T129 ATAK took place at the tender.
  • Pakistan orders nine Bell AH-1Z gunships April 8 2016
      The US Department of Defence announced, the procurement of 9 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters to Pakistan. This sale was concluded under the FMS (foreign military sales) Deliveries will begin in 2018. A contract of more than 170 million dollars was spent in August on 19 AH-1Z helicopters for the US Marine Corps and Pakistan. No details were given about the distribution of these 19 aircraft between Pakistan and the Marines. It is now clarified that Pakistan orders nine of these hel...