The U.S. Pentagon has awarded Bell Helicopter a contract to supply the U.S. Marine Corps with 12 UH-1Y Venom utility and 16 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters.
The Bell AH-1Z Viper is capable of carrying a large array of ordnance. Its Target Sight System provides range and accuracy, allowing operators to identify and track multiple targets outside the enemy's ability to visually detect the Viper. It has integrated air-to-strike capability and air-to-ground anti-armor performance.
The Bell UH-1Y Venom is slated to support the Marine Corps' missions for the next 40 years. It engages threats, inserts or exfiltrates personnel and performs under the most punishing operation conditions. It was first deploy with the Marines in 2009.
These attack and utility helicopters are currently in production with the work being performed in the Fort Worth, Texas, manufacturing facility and also in the Amarillo, Texas, aircraft assembly facility. This contract is part of the Marines' H-1 Program of Record, calling for the purchase of 189 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters and 160 UH-1Y Venom utility helicopters.