Request a large number of U.S. Marines AH-1Z attack helicopter production
2010 年 8 月 2 日, AH-1Z attack helicopters in amphibious assault ship Wasp No.
According to the U.S. on the test,” Aerospace Daily “reported recently with the successful operational evaluation completed, the Marine Corps plans to seek approval for the new AH-1Z attack helicopters into mass production. Naval Air Systems Command, “Huey” and “Cobra” upgrade project director, said the Defense Acquisition Board meeting in early November to review the project.
final assessment, the Navy claimed that AH-1Z “Viper” (also called “Zulu”) with the operational effectiveness and suitability. Naval Air Systems officials said tests had initially made a number of aircraft supportability issues, and has been resolved.
Marine Corps ordered 189 AH-1Z, including 58 new aircraft, the rest is now the upgraded AH-1W. Bell Helicopter Tex strong division is UH-1Y “New England” and AH-1Z upgrade the main contractor. U.S. Navy ordered 160 UH-1Y by armed utility helicopter UH-1Z upgrade from. All of the “Huey”/”Cobra” upgrade cost of $ 12.1 billion.
Navy officials originally planned to buy 226 AH-1Z, but in order to reconstruct Corps light attack helicopter fleet to reduce the purchase quantity. UH-1Y has conducted two full deployment, and its for the Marine Corps’ reconstruction of a common task system. ” Before the Corps plans to model the configuration of each squadron is 18 AH-1Z and nine UH-1Y, but adjusted to 15 early this year, AH-1Z and 12 UH-1Y.
this point, Bell Helicopter Company to be delivered 70 UH-1Y and 28 AH-1Z, 31 架 11 UH-1Y and AH-1Z have been delivered, including two for each type in each Development testing and will remain as a test machine.
Navy officials said the Bell companies to upgrade the current financial control is very precise, the company is strictly in accordance with the fixed-price contract work.
early detection of some of the AH-1Z components and software reliability problems are basically related.
AH-1Z in the earlier part of the operational assessment of the performance of some good, because the U.S. Navy used because of budget problems is still in the stage of development targeting system, rather than the production model. Operational assessment of the recent use of the vast majority of production equipment, including Lockheed Martin’s AN/AAQ-30.
Marine Corps decided to deploy the first UH-1Y, attack helicopters, the situation of insufficient capacity will continue.
UH-1Y’s mass production began last year, the first two AH-1Z new machine has completed production. Last year, the U.S. Navy is still operational assessment prior to AH-1Z conducted a complete and thorough inspection to ensure the problem before the start of the formal testing phase completely solved.
AH-1Z can mount all the AGM-114 “Hellfire” series of missiles, 2.75 ft (70 mm) caliber rockets, 20 mm cannon and AIM-9 series missiles. The aircraft is also joint air-ground missile (being bid, is expected to serve 2016) mount platform.
latest AH-1W is being tested using the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) the ability of the system will be at the end of 2011 and 2012 integrated into the UH-1Y and AH-1Z on. (China Aviation Industry Development Research Center Chu Shiyong)
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