US stopped supplying Pakistan with AH-1Z combat helicopters
As the AirForces Monthly magazine reported, the United States refused to transfer to Pakistan 12 Bell AH-1Z Viper helicopters already manufactured for Pakistan Army aviation. Although the transfer of helicopters to the previously agreed schedule by the Pakistani side was expected in August 2018, now all 12 AH-1Z helicopters built for Pakistan have been transferred for temporary storage at the 309th US Air Force group (309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group - AMARG) at a known storage base Davis-Montand (Arizona).
This is due to the decision of the US government adopted in January 2018 to stop military assistance to Pakistan for political reasons - primarily because of the insufficiently active, according to the Americans, actions by the Pakistani side against the Taliban and radical Islamist groups in the border areas with Afghanistan. In September 2018, the US Department of Defense confirmed that $ 300 million intended for military assistance to Pakistan in the 2018 fiscal year were frozen and will now be redirected to other purposes. The delivery of AN-1Z helicopters to Pakistan was to be financed precisely at the expense of American military aid.
From the side of bmpd, we recall that Pakistan became the first actual foreign customer of AH-1Z combat helicopters, which are the last derivation of the famous family of American combat helicopters Bell AH-1 Cobra. In April 2015, a notification was issued to the United States Department of Defense Defense Cooperation Agency (DSCA) to the United States Congress about the planned upcoming delivery of Pakistan through intergovernmental foreign military sales Foreign Military Sales (FMS) 15 helicopters AH-1Z AGM-114R Hellfire II missiles, with a total planned value of $ 952 million. However, in fact, the relevant agreements were concluded to supply Pakistan with only 12 AH-1Z helicopters and, at a lower cost, an agreement to supply the first three helicopters etov was concluded in August 2015 and the agreement for the supply of a further nine - in April 2016, with the delivery of helicopters AH-1Z Pakistan was supposed to be carried out in respect of funding under the American military aid. Helicopters for Pakistan were manufactured at the Bell plant in Amarillo (Texas) from August 2017 to mid-2018 (Pakistani board numbers from 786-061 to 786-072), but as a result, Pakistan was not transferred.
It should be noted that in April 2018, DSCA was notified about the planned sale of 12 AH-1Z helicopters through FMS to Bahrain, with an estimated cost of $ 911.4 million. It is possible that this is a resale of helicopters made for Pakistan to Bahrain.