Bell targets Asia-Pacific attack helicopter opportunities

Bell is eyeing a number of attack helicopter requirements in the Asia-Pacific as it looks to win further export deals for its AH-1Z Viper.

Although the US Marine Corps remains the prime customer for the rotorcraft – with deliveries from an order for 189 examples running until 2022 – both Bahrain and Pakistan are acquiring the Viper via the US Foreign Military Sales process.

The US manufacturer is hopeful that it can build on that export success in the region, with emerging requirements from Japan and Thailand – both operators of legacy Bell models – presenting the most obvious path to future sales.

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