US awards $170 mn contract to Bell for nine AH-1Z Viper attack choppers to Pakistan

The US has awarded Bell Helicopter a USD170 million contract to manufacture and deliver nine AH-1Z Viper attack choppers to Pakistan under its foreign military sales funds.

US awards $170 mn contract to Bell for nine AH-1Z Viper attack choppers to Pakistan

Washington: The US has awarded Bell Helicopter a USD170 million contract to manufacture and deliver nine AH-1Z Viper attack choppers to Pakistan under its foreign military sales funds.

In a statement, the Defense Department yesterday said the work will be performed in Fort Worth and Amarillo (both in Texas) and is expected to be completed in September 2018.

"Foreign military sales funds in the amount of USD170,173,188 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year," the statement said.

The contract, which also includes nine auxiliary fuel kits for Pakistan, is part of the USD952 million military hardware sale by US which was notified to the Congress last April.

On April 6 last year the State Department had notified to the Congress its decision to sale military hardware worth of USD950 million to Pakistan.
AS per the State Department notification to the Congress, Pakistan has requested a possible sale of 15 AH-1Z Viper Attack Helicopters, 32 T-700 GE 401C Engines (30 installed and 2 spares), and 1000 AGM-114 R Hellfire II Missiles in containers.

It also included 36 H-1 Technical Refresh Mission computers, 17 AN/AAQ-30 Target Sight Systems, 30 629F-23 Ultra High Frequency/Very High Frequency Communication Systems, and 19 H-764 Embedded Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation Systems.

Other military hardware were 32 Helmet Mounted Display/Optimized Top Owl, 17 APX-117A Identification Friend or Foe, 17 AN/AAR-47 Missile Warning Systems, 17 AN/ALE-47 Countermeasure Dispenser Sets, 18 AN/APR-39C(V)2 Radar Warning Receivers, 15 Joint Mission Planning Systems, and 17 M197 20mm Gun Systems.

The total estimated cost is USD952 million.

"This proposed sale of helicopters and weapon systems will provide Pakistan with military capabilities in support of its counter terrorism and counter-insurgency operations in South Asia," the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said last year.

Bell AH-1Z Viper is a twin-engine attack helicopter based on the AH-1W SuperCobra, that was developed for the US Marine Corps. 

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