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AH-1W Super Cobra  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1983
Total Production: 2,000
Also Known As: AH-1 Tzefa, AH-1E, AH-1F, AH-1G HueyCobra, AH-1J Sea Cobra, AH-1P, AH-1Q, AH-1RO Dracula, AH-1S, AH-1S(MC), AH-1S(MOD), AH-1T, AH-1T+, AH-1W Whiskey Cobra and Bell 209
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: United Technologies
Parent System: AH-1 Cobra
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1966
Maiden Flight: 7 September 1965
Total Production: 2,000
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Description: Bell AH-1 Cobra, originally called the Bell 209, is a two bladed main rotor attack helicopter derived from the UH-1 light utility helicopter. AH-1G HueyCobra was the original model developed for the US Army and employed during the Vietnam war. The primary mission for this aircraft was to escort UH-1 troops transports. AH-1G was powered by a single T53 turboshaft engine and approximately 1,100 aircraft were delivered beginning in 1966. In 1973 Bell introduced the AH-1Q anti-armor variant capable of firing TOW missiles.

Due to AH-1Q operational shortfalls the US Army developed a further version named the AH-1S which included several variants such as the AH-1S(MOD) or AH-1S(MC). In the late 1980s the US Army renamed these AH-1S variants as the AH-1E, AH-1F, AH-1P and AH-1S. These variants feature different origins and equipment as well as performance. Currently, AH-1F is the most valuable AH-1 aircraft operated by the US Army. US Army's AH-1 are equipped with eight TOW missiles, rockets and a nose-mounted 20mm gun.

In parallel to the US Army AH-1 development, the US Marine Corps (USMC) ordered the AH-1J Sea Cobra in the late 1960s. AH-1J, which was more suitable for naval operations than AH-1G, was powered by two T400 turboshaft engines. Iran ordered 202 AH-1Js. AH-1T was an improved variant of AH-1J powered by T400-WV-402 engines and introduced in 1974. In the 1980s Bell developed an improved variant of AH-1T powered by two T700-GE-401 engines called the AH-1T. Subsequently this model was renamed as the AH-1W Super Cobra or Whiskey Cobra.

AH-1W Super Cobra can be equipped with eight Hellfire anti-tank missiles, rockets, two AIM-9L air-to-air missiles, two AIM-122 Sidearm anti-radiation missiles and a nose-mounted 20mm gun. The USMC deployed its AH-1Ws to Iraq during the Gulf War (1990-91) and operation Iraqi Freedom (2003). It is by far the most sophisticated model of AH-1 helicopter family excluding four bladed AH-1Z King Cobra which can be deemed as a brand new aircraft. AH-1W was proposed to Romania as the AH-1RO Dracula with a production license agreement. AH-1RO future is uncertain.

AH-1W Super Cobra Applications

Combat Aircraft AH-1Z Viper Fighting Ships LHA 1 Tarawa LHD 1 Wasp

AH-1W Super Cobra Specifications

Crew: 2
Main Rotor Blades: 2
Number of Engines: 2
Height: 4.10 meter (13.5 foot)
Length: 17.7 meter (58 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 20 millimeter
Main Rotor Diameter: 14.6 meter (48 foot)
Width: 3.30 meter
Ceiling: 4,700 meter (15,420 foot)
Max Range: 587 kilometer (317 nautical mile)
Max Power at TakeOff: 3,380 shp
Cruise Speed: 78 mps (281 kph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 87 mps (313 kph)
Max Takeoff Weight: 6,690 kilogram (14,749 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
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Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
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Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

AH-1W Super Cobra News

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6 Jan 2003 and 30 Mar 2015
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Monday, March 30, 2015TOW 2A RF Missiles Successfully Fired from AH-1W Helicopter
Thursday, March 15, 2012US Marine Corps Complete Test and Evaluation of APKWS Laser-Guided Rocket
Friday, October 28, 2011FMS: Turkey Requests Sale of Three AH-1W Super Cobra Attack Helicopters
Sunday, March 13, 2011AH-1Z Viper Earns US Navy Initial Operating Capability Designation
Tuesday, October 26, 2010Elbit Systems Awarded Contract for Night Targeting System Upgrade for AH-1W Cobra Helicopters
Wednesday, September 15, 2010APKWS Guided Rocket Enters Low-Rate Initial Production
Friday, April 9, 2010APKWS Guided Rocket Ready for Production and Deployment
Tuesday, February 9, 2010US Marine Corps Complete APKWS Operational Assessment
Friday, January 29, 2010US Marine Corps Begins APKWS Operational Assessment
Friday, September 26, 2008FMS: Pakistan Requests Refurbishment of Eight AH-1F Cobra Helicopters

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Grand Total 20211
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BGM-71D TOW 2x8
BGM-71E TOW 2Ax8
BGM-71F TOW 2Bx8
Offensive Weapons
AGM-114B Hellfirex8
AGM-122A Sidearm
Propulsion Systems
Protection Systems
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