US cancels delivery of AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters to Pakistan
US cancels delivery of AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters to Pakistan

US cancels delivery of AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters to Pakistan

Jun 13,2018 SOURCE: Indiandefensenews

US cancels delivery of AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters to Pakistan, to be put into storage The first 3 AH-1Z Vipers that completed assembly out of the total 12 ordered have been embargoed and about to be put into storage. The Naval Air Systems Command has issued a pre-solicitation notice for: "The continuation of the preservation, storage and de-preservation effort of three (3) AH-1Z helicopters. This effort is necessary to maintain the aircraft in a preservation state such that they will be able to return to flight following de-preservation." The attack helicopters will be stored at the Bell Helicopters plant in Fort Worth. The new 120 day storage period follows on the previous stint slated to last until October 2018. The twelve AH-1Zs were approved through the US Foreign Military Sale (FMS) programme, 3 in 2015 and the remaining 9 in 2016.