Japan has issued a request for information(RFI) to replace its ageing Fuji-Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters.
The RFI, reported by national media earlier in May, is aimed at finding a replacement for the 71 AH-1S helicopters fielded by the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) since 1979 (of which 59 are reported to still be operational).
The effort to replace the AH-1S is known as the AH-X project and while no details of the RFI were released in respect to the manufacturers being approached or the helicopter types being considered, the front-runners are expected to be the Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian and the Bell AH-1Z Viper.
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