Textron’s Bell Helicopter has won a three-year, $423 million contract from the US Navy to produce and deliver 25 lot 14 AH-1Z attack helicopters in support of the US Marine Corps’ H-1 upgrade program.
The company will perform work till February 2020 under the modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive contract, the Defense Department said Wednesday.
The Naval Air Systems Command obligated the full contract amount from the service branch’s aircraft procurement funds for fiscal 2016 and 2017.
The Bell AH-1Z aircraft has a target sight platform, glass cockpits compatible with night-vision goggles, communications systems, electronic warfare self-protection tool and a forward-looking infrared system.
The Bell AH-1Z Viper helicopter is based on the AH-1W SuperCobra, that was developed for the United States Marine Corps as part of the H-1 upgrade program.
The AH-1Z features a four-blade, bearingless, composite main rotor system, uprated transmission, and a new target sighting system.
Bell Helicopter is to display its newest tiltrotor innovations, the V-280 “Valor” mock-up and V-247 “Vigilant” unmanned aerial system model at 2016 Association of the US Army (AUSA) 2016 show next week. A V-280 virtual reality experience will allow participants to step into different Valor mission scenarios, making it possible to more fully observe and understand the capabilities of the V-280 tiltrotor in an augmented environment
Bell Helicopter was awarded an $86.9 million foreign military sales (FMS) contract to produce and deliver five Huey II helicopters, spare parts and special tools each to Kenya and Uganda
Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) and Bell Helicopter have signed an agreement to develop both commercial and government (including military) rotary wing markets in India in the Light Utility and Reconnaissance segments. The scope of this agreement is intended to include potential production and assembly capabilities, certain training and maintenance, repair and overhaul requirements, as well as research and development programs and technology sharing that will grow industrial capabilities and result in innovative solutions, TASL said in a statement Thursday
Bell Helicopter has successfully joined the V-280 Joint Multi Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) wing and nacelles to the aircraft fuselage. “The V-280 wing, nacelles and fuselage are now assembled into the aircraft weve designed as the next generation tiltrotor,” said Lisa Atherton, executive vice president of Military Business Development for Bell Helicopter
Bell Helicopter is preparing for initial ground run of its V-280 Valor after it achieved 100 percent build completion on the prototype aircraft. This is a clean sheet tiltrotor, applying lessons learned from previous generations of tiltrotor to create groundbreaking simplicity and deliver transformational, affordable technology to alter the course of vertical flight, the company said in a statement Wednesday
A private helicopter in India has been crashed while it was carrying CoBRA commandos near a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp, leaving five occupants injured in Sukhma district of the country's central part. Two officers and a commando of the jungle warfare unit of the CoBRA were among five people who got injured following the crash in the evening near paramilitary force camp known as Chintagupha, deep in the naxal hotbed of South Bastar in Chhattisgarh
US Navy has progressed into new development phase of a new class of nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarines to be used as undersea strategic deterrents for a second-strike nuclear ability from beneath the ocean in the event of a catastrophic first-strike on the continental US. Ship specifications for the new Columbia-Class submarines have been completed and the program is now entering detailed design phase and initial production contract, service officials were quoted as saying by
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