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Bell Wins $337.8 Million U.S. Marine Corps Helicopter Award

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AH-1Z attack helicopter. Bell Photo

AH-1Z attack helicopter. Bell Photo

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) awarded Bell Helicopter a $337.8 million contract modification to purchase 12 AH-1Z attack helicopters and 12 UH-1Y utility helicopters on May 16.

According to the Pentagon release, the modification was to “definitize” a previously awarded advanced acquisition contract. Under the new agreement, Bell will provide the new build aircraft for a firm-fixed-price along with auxiliary fuel kits.
The aircraft will be built as part of the 11th production lot of H-1 helicopters and should be delivered by June 2017.

The U.S. Marine Corps hopes to eventually purchase a total of 189 AH-1Zs and 160 UH-1Ys—some of which are new, but many are rebuilt from older models. The Yankee and Zulu model aircraft have about 85 percent part commonality between the two airframes.