Bell AH-1Z Viper
The Czech Air Force formally welcomed its first UH-1Y Venom battlefield utility helicopter to Námešt nad Oslavou Air Base in the Czech Republic on August 17, just three weeks after the air arm received its first two AH-1Z Viper gunships
The first two of a planned fleet of ten AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters for the arrived at Námešt nad Oslavou Air Base in the Czech Republic – the home of the Czech Air Force’s (CzAF’s) 22nd Helicopter Air Force Base – on July 26
The USMC deactivated Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 (HMLA-469) ‘Vengeance’ – a component of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing – and reactivated its replacement unit, HMLA-367 ‘Scarface’, during a ceremony at MCAS Camp Pendleton in California on December 16
The first Bell AH-1Z Viper to be delivered to the Royal Bahraini Air Force (RBAF) appeared in the static display at the recent Bahrain International Airshow, which took place from November 9-11
The US Marine Corps (USMC) received its 189th and final Bell AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Camp Pendleton in California on November 4
After two decades of counter-insurgency war fare in Iraq and Afghanistan, in which NATO allies deployed attack helicopters primarily in a close air support/armed escort role, the focus has returned to potential peer-level, high-end war fighting. AIR International reviews the latest developments for Western attack helicopter programmes.
Eight H-1 helicopters are to be donated free-of-charge to the Czech Republic by the US