The United States Navy has awarded a $170 million contract for the manufacture and delivery of nine AH-1Z aircraft and nine auxiliary fuel kits for Pakistan, the US Department of Defence said in a statement.
Bell Helicopter has been awarded the contract for the combat helicopters which will be manufactured and delivered to Pakistan under the Foreign Military Sales Programme, the statement said.
The Bell AH-1Z Viper is a twin-engine combat chopper based on the previous SuperCobra model developed for the US Marine Corps. It has a top speed of 420 kilometres per hour and a range of 610 kilometres.
The contract is expected to be completed in September 2018, Pakistan media reports.