The AH-1Z programme of record (POR) for the Kingdom of Bahrain has been finished by Bell Textron. In December 2022, Bell gave the Navy Air Systems Command the last manufacturing aircraft. Six AH-1Zs have been shipped to Bahrain, and the first one made its in-country debut during the Bahrain Air Show.
For the Kingdom of Bahrain, Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) subsidiary, has finished the AH-1Z programme of record (POR).
In December 2022, Bell gave the Navy Air Systems Command the last manufacturing aircraft. Six AH-1Zs have been shipped to Bahrain, and the first one made its in-country debut during the Bahrain Air Show.
The Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) will prepare the last six helicopters for transit to Bahrain before they are delivered to Bahrain in 2023.
Mike Deslatte, vice president of Bell and director of the H-1 programme, congratulated the Kingdom of Bahrain on getting the newest AH-1Zs.
The advanced technologies of the Viper will "further boost Bahrain's defensive capabilities as a leader in the region."
After Bell's completion of the U.S. Marine Corps programme of record, Bahrain's AH-1Z programme of record represents two significant H-1 production milestones in a single calendar year.
The most recent generation of specifically designed attack helicopters produced by Bell is the AH-1Z Viper. The AH-1Z is now in use by the U.S. Marine Corps, which benefits from its low logistical needs for shipboard and expeditionary missions.
Deslatte continued, "Capabilities are only a portion of the problem when it comes to updating an aircraft fleet.
"The Viper enables leaders to react with more speed and agility to quickly shifting operations" by guaranteeing the aircraft can operate with less logistical backup.
Bell is still working with the Kingdom of Bahrain to ensure that the configuration is as specified in the FMS case through post-shipping inspections and re-assembly. Bell will support the new Vipers throughout their lives in addition to producing and shipping them to assure their dependability, durability, and lethality on contemporary battlefields.