Bell Textron Completes First Attack Helicopter to be Delivered to Bahrain

As part of the 2019 agreement, Bell Textron has completed the first of 12 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters for Bahrain. The company has delivered the helicopter to US Naval Air Systems Command. The deal was first announced during the 2018 Bahrain Airshow.

Final delivery to Bahrain will be done in 2022. The helicopter was originally designed for US Marine Corps and can carry a variety of munitions.

Bell’s AH-1Z attack helicopter uses a ground station hardware and software called Link 16. Both the helicopter and the ground system has been successful in early tests.

Bahrain has been an important ally for the United States in the Gulf region, contributing to counter-terrorism efforts and serve as defense against Iran.

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