Bahrain Orders 12 AH-1Z Vipers

US Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper 169257 ‘UV-56’ arriving at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, on November 9, 2018, to join Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167 (HMLA-167) as the unit began re-equipping with the type. Bahrain has become a new customer for the AH-1Z with an order for 12. USMC/Cpl Jered T Stone

BELL HELICOPTER Textron has been awarded a $240,266,448 Foreign Military Sales contract for the manufacture and delivery of 12 Lot 16 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters for the kingdom of Bahrain.  The award by US Naval Air Systems Command on February 7 is a modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive contract.  Work is expected to be completed in August 2022.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) had announced on April 27, 2018, that US State Department approval had been granted for the sale.  At the time, the DSCA said that the purchase would have an estimated total value of $911.4 million.  This would include two spare T-700 GE 401C engines, 14 AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and 56 Advance Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS-II) WGU-59Bs.

Also included in the request for the purchase at that time were 15 (12 plus three spares) Honeywell Embedded Global Positioning System (GPS) Inertial Navigation System (INS) (EGI) w/Standard Positioning Service (SPS), 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 and 15 APR-39C(V)2 Radar Warning Receivers.