AH-1W Super Cobras Get Telescopic Sight Fix
Kollsman Inc. in Merrimack, NH a $14 million firm-fixed-price delivery order under previously awarded contract N00383-01-D-012G for repair of the telescopic sight unit on the US Marine Corps’ AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopters. Work will be performed in Merrimack, NH, and is expected to be complete by December 2006. This contract award was based on limited competition since there are only two sources approved for the repair of this item. The naval inventory control point is the contracting activity (Order 5041).
The first AH-1W prototype flight took place Nov. 16, 1983 at Bell Plant Six, located at the Arlington, Texas municipal airport. After gaining approval for production, Bell followed the prototype with 195 AH-1Ws. The last AH-1W helicopter was delivered in July 1998. It will be replaced by the upgraded, four-bladed AH-1Z Viper.