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
US State Department approval has been granted for the possible Foreign Military Sale of equipment and related services to refurbish 24 AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopters to Bahrain, after the nation acquired the helicopters second-hand under the US Excess Defense Articles programme
Bell Textron announced on March 15 that it has delivered three 505 Jet Ranger X light helicopters to the Royal Bahraini Air Force, adding that the rotorcraft will enhance the training proficiencies of the Middle Eastern air arm
The US has donated a further four utility helicopters to the Dominican Republic – comprising two Bell TH-67A Creeks for the Dominican Republic Army and a pair of Bell UH-1H Super Huey IIs for the Dominican Republic Air Force – with all four aircraft arriving in-country on February 14
The Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Argentine Armed Forces has approved the purchase of six new-build Bell 407 GXi utility helicopters in a deal worth US$32.4m
The US Army revealed on December 5 that it has awarded the Future Long Range Assault Aircraft contract to Bell Textron and its V-280 Valor tiltrotor – a platform that will eventually replace the service’s Black Hawk helicopters and shape the future of US Army Aviation operations
The Canadian government has awarded Bell Textron Canada a contract to modernise the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF’s) 85-strong fleet of CH-146 Griffon utility helicopters – a move that aims to extend the type’s service life until at least the mid-2030s.