Bell Helicopter announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Romanian aerospace manufacturer, IAR - Ghimbav Brasov Group, for the potential collaboration on AH-1Z attack helicopter.

IAR - Ghimbav Brasov specializes in aeronautical structures and electrical work, with a special emphasis on MRO capabilities for helicopters. The company has been in operation for more than eight decades and is well positioned to provide support for the AH-1Z “Viper” attack helicopter should it be purchased by the Romanian government.

Lisa Atherton, Bell Helicopter executive vice president of Military Business, said: “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 defense.”

NATO guidelines published in 2015 encourage member nations to dedicate 2% of their gross domestic product (GDP) for defense spending. The goal is to modernize equipment and enhance capabilities in order to more effectively contribute to the national and regional defense.

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The government of Romania continues to commit funding and resources to help meet the NATO threshold, and expect to exceed their current 1.7% defense spending level in the coming years.

The AH-1Z Viper is the most advanced anti-tank attack helicopter in Bell‘s production.  It is designed in partnership with the United States Marine Corps. Bell said that the Viper has a combat radius greater than 240km when carrying 16 Hellfire missiles, 2 AIM-9’s, and 650 20mm rounds.