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Bell and BAE vie for Tiger replacement

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posted on Feb, 17 2016 @ 08:53 PM
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Totally feeling I,m in a time warp here and gone back about 10 years..Both Bell and BAE have positioned themselves for an early replacement for the troubled Tiger program in the Australian Defence Force.Off a failing memory isn,t it sort of the same deal put towards the ADF before the "you broke it, you bought it" forced them to buy into the Tiger program?



Bell Helicopter and BAE Systems Australia have signed a teaming agreement that positions them to offer the AH-1Z Viper as a potential early replacement for the Army’s Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH). Signed at the Singapore Airshow on Tuesday, the agreement would see BAE Systems Australia provide maintenance and support services for the AH-1Z in Australia. “Under the teaming agreement, BAE Systems will play a significant role in providing support for Bell Helicopter AH-1Z Viper attack rotorcraft. This will include overseeing helicopter maintenance and sustainment, and supporting training for future customers,” the companies said in a joint statement. “This relationship aligns our interests and pursuits as we work together to pursue opportunities to strengthen and support the capability and posture of the Australian Defence Force,” Lisa Atherton, executive vice president of Military Business for Bell Helicopter, said in the statement.


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posted on Feb, 17 2016 @ 09:43 PM
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a reply to: Blackfinger

I've always had a thing for the Cobra, it's the classic quintessential tank killer, the Ford Mustang of attack helicopters.

The AH-1Z makes my pants feel funny, and I hope like hell that they build more of them.



posted on Feb, 18 2016 @ 12:32 AM
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a reply to: Barnalby

Plus they share a lot in common with the Iroquois



posted on Feb, 18 2016 @ 11:51 AM
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a reply to: Blackfinger

The Cobra of today is light years different from the ones we had in the 1970s. The first models only had a single engine and a two blade rotor system. The new Cobra has two engines with each having more horsepower in one engine than in the original version. It also has a four bladed rotor which gives better performance in high and hot environments. Technically it has a superior targeting system and more varied weapons load.

The only similarity in the Cobras is the name. The new Cobra has more in common with the Apache than the first Cobras.

The USMC's' Y/Z models Bells has much commonality as did the original AH-1G Cobra and UH-1H Huey from my time. They share the same engine, transmission and rotor system. This is good management in the military supply chain.



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