Washington: The United States will provide nine AH-1Z Viper Attack Helicopters to Pakistan.
According to the US Department of Defence, a contract of one hundred and seventy million dollars has been awarded to Bell Helicopter to manufacture these choppers, which is expected to be completed in September 2018.
The Bell AH-1Z Viper is a twin-engine combat chopper with a top speed of 420 kilometres per hour and a range of 610 kilometres.
In April last year, the State Department had approved a potential $952 million sale to Pakistan of 15 Bell AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters, 32 General Electric helicopter engines and 1,000 Hellfire missiles.
The contract is expected to be completed in September 2018.
“Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $170.1 million will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity,” the Department of Defence stated.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency had stated that the sale would further provide Pakistan “with military capabilities in support of its counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations.”