After determining the Bell AH-1Z Cobra is operationally effective, the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) program office has recommended the helicopter for fleet introduction. The completion of the Operational Evaluation on Sept. 24 clears the way to start a fleet replacement program, updating the two-blade AH-1W with the four-blade AH-1Z, which also features a number of improvements. Bell is anticipating production of up to 189 new and modified AH-1Zs through 2019.
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