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Land Forces 2016: Viper bares fangs in Australia

6th September 2016 - 12:46 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Adelaide


Bell Helicopter executives believe their AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter is shaping up as a strong contender for the Australian Army.

While officials at Land Forces 2016 were careful not to focus on last week’s report from the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO), which slammed the cost and reliability of the in-service Airbus Helicopters Tiger, they highlighted the Viper as a ‘viable solution’.

One advantage is that the platform offers interoperability with the US Marine Corps (USMC). The deployment of a rotational USMC contingent in Darwin could offer symbiotic benefits for instance.

Another advantage is the attack rotorcraft’s marinised nature, especially

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur is the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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