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Bahrain announces AH-1Z buy

15th November 2018 - 16:16 GMT | by Alan Warnes in Manama

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A $912 million contract for 12 AH-1Z Cobra Viper attack helicopters was announced at the Bahrain International Air Show on 15 November.

Speaking during a briefing, following the announcement, Maj Gen Hamad al Khalifa, chief of the Royal Bahraini Air Force (RBAF), said the deal with the US government will see deliveries start in late-2022 and completed in 2023. 

Al Khalifa commented: ‘They [the aircraft] will substantially upgrade our Cobra fleet currently serving the RBAF, to continue our growth and security in the Gulf region.’

Bahrain is the second export customer after the Pakistan Army, which had previously ordered nine …

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