Bell wins $510M AH-1Z contract for USMC

Bell has won a $510-milllion contract to manufacture and deliver 29 Lot 15 production AH-1Zs in support of the U.S. Marine Corps H-1 upgrade program. The contract also provides for long lead material and components for an additional seven Lot 16 aircraft.

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The AH-1Z Viper has a combat radius greater than 240 kilometers when carrying 16 Hellfire missiles, two AIM-9's, and 650 20 millimeter rounds. Bell Photo
The AH-1Z Viper has a combat radius greater than 240 kilometers when carrying 16 Hellfire missiles, two AIM-9’s, and 650 20 millimeter rounds. Bell Photo

The work will be performed in Fort Worth and Amarillo, Texas, and is expected to be completed in February 2021.

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