Lockheed Martin awarded TSS contract for Pakistani AH-1Z

AH-1Z Viper Pakistan. Photo credit: Damon Duran

The U.S. Department of Defence awards Lockheed Martin Target System Contract for Pakistan Bell AH-1Z Viper.

In April of 2015, the United States approved the proposed sale of fifteen Bell AH-1Z Viper helicopters to Pakistan. The $952 million deal included the aircraft, training, logistics, maintenance support, and 1,000 AGM-114R Hellfire II air-to-surface laser-guided missiles.

That sale was then followed by further purchases of two more Vipers in  August of the same year and an additional nine helicopters in April of 2016. Pakistan followed up the helicopter order with the supplemental purchase of the TSS units earlier this year that are now slated for delivery after acceptance of the contract terms. The AN/AAQ-30 TSS is an (EO/IR) sensor capable of nighttime imaging and laser target acquisition.

AH-1Z Viper helicopters now operate in Pakistan thanks to the approval of the country to purchase the Bell helicopter aircraft through the Foreign Defense Military Acquisition Program run by the United States Department of Defense. Photo credit: Damon Duran
AH-1Z Viper helicopters now operate in Pakistan thanks to the approval of the country to purchase the Bell helicopter aircraft through the Foreign Defense Military Acquisition Program run by the United States Department of Defense. Photo credit: Damon Duran

Pakistan also currently operates four Mi-35 Hind assault helicopters received in 2015. Pakistan’s growing attack helicopter fleet is now being replenished as current Bell AH-1F/S near the end of their useful airframe lifespan. Pakistan, who will require approval under the Foreign Military Acquisition Program, are expected to seek approval in the future for additional AH-1Z helicopters to continue the maintenance and upgrade of their defense helicopter fleet.

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