Bell Textron, a subsidiary of Textron, has successfully completed the delivery of final AH-1Z Viper production aircraft developed for the Kingdom of Bahrain.
The new delivery milestone marks the completion of AH-1Z programme of record (POR) for Bahrain.
The helicopter was handed over to the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) in December last year.
The company was under a foreign military sale (FMS) contract to deliver a total of 12 Viper aircraft to Bahrain.
Following the latest milestone, the company will now collaborate with the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) to prepare for the shipment of the final six AH-1Z Viper aircraft to Bahrain.
The six helicopters are expected to be shipped later this year.
Bell Textron will continue to work in close coordination with Bahrain to provide the post-shipping assistance to conduct the necessary inspections and the final assembling of the platform.
This will ensure that the company has delivered the same configuration of aircraft as specified in the FMS deal.
Furthermore, the company will also be responsible for delivering the lifecycle support for the delivered Viper fleet to maintain its lethality, reliability and survivability in the modern battlefield.
Bell vice-president Mike Deslatte and H-1 programme director said: “Capabilities are only part of the equation when it comes to modernising an aircraft fleet.
“By ensuring aircraft can operate with minimal logistics support, Viper enables leaders to react with greater speed and agility to rapidly evolving operations.”
The final AH-1Z POR was delivered to the US NAVAIR a month after Bell Textron announced the completion of H-1 POR for the US Marine Corps, marking the completion of two PORs in a year.