US Approves Sale of 12 AH-1Zs to Bahrain

US Marine Corps/HMLA-469 AH-1Z Viper 168959 ‘SE-53’ assigned to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 conducts close air support in support of Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course 2-18 at Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range, California, on March 30, 2018. The US has approved sale of 12 AH-1Zs to Bahrain. USMC/Lance Cpl Cody Rowe

US STATE Department has been granted for a possible Foreign Military Sale to Bahrain of 12 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters, at an estimated cost of $911.4 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced the approval on April 27, saying that it had delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on the same day.

The DSCA said that, in addition to the 12 helicopters for the Royal Bahraini Air Force, Bahrain has requested 26 T-700 GE 401C engines (24 installed and two spares), 14 AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and 56 Advance Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS-II) WGU-59Bs.  This request also includes 15 Honeywell Embedded Global Positioning System (GPS) Inertial Navigation System (INS) (EGI) with Standard Positioning Service (SPS) (including three 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, US government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics and programme support.

The DSCA states that this 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 defence.