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Bell H-1 fleet achieves half a million flight hours

30th June 2023 - 18:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team in London


Bell is currently working to increase the electrical power capacity on the H-1. (Photo: Bell Textron)

The current fleet of AH-1Z Vipers and UH-1Y Venoms have surpassed the 500.000-flight hour mark.

Nearly 400 AH-1Z and UH-1Y helicopters, built by Bell Textron and operated by the USMC and their allies, combined to achieve the milestone.

The H-1 Viper and Venom variants have demonstrated integration with advanced weapon and data link capabilities.

‘With the Viper and Venom sharing 85% commonality of parts, a major advantage of this programme is that a single readiness improvement or capability upgrade can often support both aircraft,’ said Nate Green, Bell H-1 programme manager.

Bell is currently working to increase the electrical power capacity on the H-1, which will allow the airframe to support the integration of additional capabilities.

Bell provides services to H-1 squadrons, including parts, maintenance, training, on-site field representatives and data analytics.

The US programme of record to procure 160 UH-1Y aircraft was completed in FY2016, while the AH-1Z programme of record was completed in November 2022 with the delivery of the 189th unit to the USMC.

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