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Bell orders assemblies for AH-1Z helo

Oct. 4, 2011 at 6:31 AM

EDGEWOOD, N.Y., Oct. 4 (UPI) -- CPI Aerostructures of New Jersey says Bell Helicopter contracted it to produce various assemblies for the AH-1Z Zulu attack helicopter.

The purchase orders total $1.4 million, the company said, and are additional requirements to a contract CPI Aero announced in March.

"Bell's vote of confidence in CPI Aero, backed by this follow-on order, is extremely satisfying," said Edward J. Fred, CPI Aero's president and chief executive officer. "We are very proud to be part of this important Department of Defense program and our association with Bell, a leading helicopter producer."

The AH-1Z is a twin-engine attack helicopter used by the U.S. Department of Defense. The AH-1Z reached initial operational capability in September 2010 and was approved to begin full-rate production in December.

Additional details of the orders weren't disclosed but CPI Aero said shipments on the order should begin early next year.

CPI Aero also announced that it has received authorization from an existing customer for work on an existing program that adds more than $15.7 million to its current backlog.

Details of this award will be announced at a later time, it said.

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