AH-1Z Viper, 1000 Hellfire Missiles approved for sale to Pakistan

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The State Department has approved Pakistan's request to buy almost $1 billion in U.S.-made attack helicopters, missiles and other equipment aimed at fighting insurgents in the country's mountainous north and west regions.

U.S. defense companies are engaged in a three-way tussle with Russia and China to sell weapons to Pakistan, complicated by the need to avoid upsetting neighbor India and its even larger arms' import market.

The Pentagon said Monday that Pakistan had requested 15 AH-1Z Viper helicopters made by the Bell arm of Textron Inc., as well as 1,000 Hellfire missiles produced by Lockheed Martin Corp. and a host of other communications and training equipment with a total value of $952 million, according to a notification to Congress, which needs to approve any sale.

Any deal would be structured as a foreign military sale between the two governments.

"This proposed sale of helicopters and weapon systems will provide Pakistan with military capabilities in support of its counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations in South Asia," said the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees U.S. military exports.
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15 AH-1Z Viper helicopters made by the Bell arm of Textron Inc., as well as 1,000 Hellfire missiles produced by Lockheed Martin Corp. and a host of other communications and training equipment with a total value of $952 million


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General characteristics
Crew: 2: pilot, co-pilot/gunner (CPG)
Capacity: 6,661 lb (3,021 kg)
Length: 58 ft 3 in (17.8 m)
Rotor diameter: 48 ft (14.6 m)
Height: 14 ft 4 in (4.37 m)
Disc area: 1,808 ft² (168.0 m²)
Empty weight: 12,300 lb (5,580 kg)
Useful load: 5,764 lb (2,620 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 18,500 lb (8,390 kg)
Powerplant: 2 × General Electric T700-GE-401C turboshaft, 1,800 shp (1,340 kW) each
Rotor systems: 4 blades on main rotor, 4 blades on tail rotor

Performance
Never exceed speed: 222 knots (255 mph, 411 km/h) in a dive
Cruise speed: 160 kn (184 mph, 296 km/h)
Range: 370 nmi (426 mi, 685 km)
Combat radius: 125 nmi (144 mi, 231 km) with 2,500 lb (1,130 kg) payload
Service ceiling: 20,000+ ft (6,000+ m)
Rate of climb: 2,790 ft/min (14.2 m/s)

Armament
Guns: 1 × 20 mm (0.787 in) M197 3-barreled Gatling cannon in the A/A49E-7 turret (750 round ammo capacity)
Hardpoints: Up to 6 pylon stations on stub wing
Rockets: 2.75 in (70 mm) Hydra 70 or APKWS II[29] rockets – Mounted in LAU-68C/A (7 shot) or LAU-61D/A (19 shot) launchers

Missiles:
AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles – 1 mounted on each wing tip station (total of 2)
AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missiles – Up to 16 missiles mounted in four 4-round M272 missile launchers, two on each wing

Avionics
Lockheed Martin / Northrop Grumman AN/APG-78 Longbow fire control radar

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On 21 September 2012, the U.S. Congress was notified of the possible purchase of 36 AH-1Z Vipers by South Korea.

The request included 84 engines (72 installed and 12 spares), 288 AGM-114K3 Hellfire missiles, 72 AIM-9M-8 Sidewinder missiles, integrated missiles launchers, targeting systems, and radar jammers. The order would be worth $2.6 billion.

The Viper was competing against the Boeing AH-64 Apache and the TAI/AgustaWestland T-129 for the order; a decision was expected by the end of 2012.[25] In April 2013, South Korea announced they had selected the AH-64E Apache.

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Now, why did South Korea abandon The Viper for AH 64E Apache?
 

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Sir who paying for this ??Another WOT gift?
If you are meaning Pakistan acquiring the same, then it could be the Saudis since the Saudis are requisitioning the Pakistan Army for its requirement and the requirement is more for the likes of armed helicopters fighting the insurgents.
 

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@Blackwater @Ray @Pandora

According to the list of equipment provided by DSCA no Longbow radar for Pakis!
I don't give a ----.If these people thinks by supplying AH1Z which is twin engine Gunship can help towards WOT then how about cancelling Apache and Chinook.All I can say this this Baksish is just a balancer in south asia. @Ray sir Your take?
 
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PAA has a very small fleet of Gunships consist of mainly outdated Cobars and more 15 more won`t make any significant difference ..

Nothing to be concerned off ..
 

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PAA has a very small fleet of Gunships consist of mainly outdated Cobars and more 15 more won`t make any significant difference ..

Nothing to be concerned off ..
Sir India ordered more or less the same Apache and for country as small as Pakistan this is huge boost for them.You still feel they going to use these Cobras exclusively for WOT. Just wait for few years ,china will come up with their version of Hellfires II and Cobras.
 

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Merely 30 gunships cannot support a wide array of formation stretching from POK to Karachi, That too with imported spare and parts so does ammunition ( Meant to run out of strength during war and peace time, Need extra time for overhaul or canabalised ) ..

Where as Indian forces are not relying on just puny number of Apache or MI35 but on 70 Rudras and in near future +100 LCH, More than 10 Rudra already joined the Army, Our concerns are bigger so does requirement, We don`t have to think about little issues ..

Adding to this, Our Mechanized forces have their own Mech AD to make out of what left of PAA Gunships ..


Sir India ordered more or less the same Apache and for country as small as Pakistan this is huge boost for them.You still feel they going to use these Cobras exclusively for WOT. Just wait for few years ,china will come up with their version of Hellfires II and Cobras.
 

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I don't give a ----.If these people thinks by supplying AH1Z which is twin engine Gunship can help towards WOT then how about cancelling Apache and Chinook.All I can say this this Baksish is just a balancer in south asia. @Ray sir Your take?
Sitting on the fence and keeping both guessing.
 
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major boost for pak army in terms of conventional attack capabilities. pak army has made some smart investments with the limited money available to them.
 

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major boost for pak army in terms of conventional attack capabilities. pak army has made some smart investments with the limited money available to them.
true 1000 hell fires will be used against India. some members think nothing to worry about:lol::lol::lol:
 

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US DEFENDS LATEST SALE OF BILLION-DOLLAR ARMS CACHE TO PAKISTAN


Days after the United States approved a billion dollar sale of military equipments to Pakistan, it has now stepped up to defend the move by arguing that the sale would "enhance" Islamabad's counter-terrorism abilities. U.S. State Department Acting Spokesperson Marie Harf said that the proposed sale would provide Pakistan military capabilities required to conduct counter terror operations in the country, reported the Dawn.

Harf said that the U.S. had a "very close" counter-terrorism relationship with Pakistan "for very good reasons." She added that Pakistanis had a "serious problem" and that is why the U.S. was helping them.

The statements came after the US State Department gave a final nod to the sale of military equipments, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of 952 million dollars, identifying Pakistan as a nation of vital importance for U.S. foreign policy and national interests.

Diplomatic sources said that Pakistan had submitted the request last year, saying that the weapons were needed for counter-terrorism operations in the country's mountainous regions.

The notification said the government of Pakistan had requested a possible sale of :
15 AH-1Z Viper Attack Helicopters
32 T-700 GE 401C Engines (30 installed and 2 spares)
1000 AGM-114 R Hellfire II Missiles in containers
36 H-1 Technical Refresh Mission Computers
17 AN/AAQ-30 Target Sight Systems
30 629F-23 Ultra High Frequency/Very High Frequency Communication Systems
19 H-764 Embedded Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation Systems
32 Helmet Mounted Display/Optimized Top Owl
17 APX-117A Identification Friend or Foe
17 AN/AAR-47 Missile Warning Systems
17 AN/ALE-47 Countermeasure Dispenser Sets
18 AN/APR-39C(V)2 Radar Warning Receivers
15 Joint Mission Planning Systems,
17 M197 20mm Gun Systems

US defends latest sale of billion-dollar arms cache to Pakistan | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis
 

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AH-1Z Helicopters are a good buy, however as kunal as already mentioned 15 Vipers cannot cover the whole terrain therefore cannot make any difference.

Besides, PAK seems also planning to buy WS-10 helis from China.
 

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AH-1Z Helicopters are a good buy, however as kunal as already mentioned 15 Vipers cannot cover the whole terrain therefore cannot make any difference.

Besides, PAK seems also planning to buy WS-10 helis from China.

can india cover terrain from kahsmir to rann of kuch with its existing choppers????:p:p:p
 

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