Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified US Congress about the possible transfer of AH-1W Super Cobra Attack helicopters from the existing inventory of the United States Marine Corps (USMC) to the Turkish Land Forces.
Turkish Land Forces has an urgent requirement for gunship helicopter for their current operation against the Kurdistan Workers Party.
Estimated cost of transfer of AH-1W Super Cobra will be $111 million. Turkey purchased 10 AH-1W Super Cobras in the early 1990s to supplemented their AH-1F Cobras. Only 6 Turkish AH-1W Super Cobras helicopters were operational as of July 2010 and two additional AH-1W helicopters were acquired earlier this year.