The helicopters will be delivered after the manufacturing work has been completed under the $170 million contract awarded to Bell Helicopter.
“Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $170,173,188 for modification P00047 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-13-C-0023) for the manufacture and delivery of nine AH-1Z aircraft, and nine auxiliary fuel kits for the government of Pakistan,” according to a statement by US Department of Defense.
The statement further added that the delivery of the helicopters will be made under the Foreign Military Sales program.
Having a top speed of 420 kilometres per hour and a range of 610km, the Bell AH-1Z Viper is a twin-engine combat chopper based on the previous SuperCobra model developed for the US Marine Corps.
Last April, the US State Department approved the Foreign Military Sale to Pakistan for the AH-1Z Viper Attack Helicopters and AGM-114R Hellfire II Missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $952 million. KP
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