Bell Helicopter and IAR - Ghimbav Brasov sign MoU on AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter


US-based Bell Helicopter has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Romanian aerospace company IAR - Ghimbav Brasov Group to discuss potential collaboration on AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter.

IAR - Ghimbav Brasov, which specialises in aeronautical structures and electrical work, is well positioned to provide support for the AH-1Z ‘Viper’ attack helicopter.

IAR - Ghimbav Brasov general director Ion Dumitrescu said: “Bell Helicopter is a strong global partner and we are pleased to have this opportunity.

"The AH-1Z should be a very strong candidate in addressing the Romanian government’s need for an advanced, reliable platform for security and defence."

“We look forward to exploring different avenues of cooperation on one of the most capable platforms in the world.”

The advanced anti-tank attack helicopter in production, AH-1Z Viper has been designed in partnership with the US Marine Corps and carries a range of precision weapons and sensors available.

With a combat radius greater than 240km when carrying 16 Hellfire missiles, 2 AIM-9’s, and 650 20mm rounds, the Viper offers capability compared to other available attack platforms with lower acquisition, maintenance and life-cycle costs.

Bell Helicopter Military Business executive vice-president Lisa Atherton said: “We are excited about potential collaboration with a company as well regarded as IAR - Ghimbav Brasov.

“The potential for the AH-1Z Viper in Romania is exciting, and the AH-1Z should be a very strong candidate in addressing the Romanian government’s need for an advanced, reliable platform for security and defence.”