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United States : Bell Helicopter wins $461 million contract modification from Naval Air Systems Command.

Bell Helicopter Textron has won a $461 million contract modification from Naval Air Systems Command for UH-1Y Venom and AH-1Z Viper helicopters for the Marine Corps.

The contract modification awarded on March 11 is for Lot 13 for the delivery of 12 UH-1Ys and 16 AH-1Zs to be delivered by February 2019. The helicopters were authorized during fiscal 2016 budget.

Already, the Marine Corps has completed the transition of its eight active-duty Marine light attack helicopter (HMLA) squadrons, and also one reserve squadron and a fleet replacement squadron, to the UH-1Y from the UH-1N and only few HH-1N rescue versions are left to be replaced. With the help of the UH-1Ys, the Marine Corps will be able to fully field the UH-1Y in authorized strength and allow for pipeline aircraft.

The procurement of the AH-1Z for replacement of the AH-1W in the HMLA squadrons has been proceeding at a slower pace due to the priority of replacing the UH-1N with the UH-1Y.

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Date:Mar 17, 2016
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