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AH-1Z Viper  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): February 2011
Total Production: 218
Also Known As: AH-1Z King Cobra and AH-1Z Super Cobra
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Bell Textron
Parent System: AH-1Z
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): February 2011
Total Production: 218
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Description: The AH-1Z is the last derivative of proven AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopter being developed under the USMC $4.5 billion H-1 program. It features a four-bladed main rotor powered by two T700-GE-401C engines. Under the H-1 upgrade program up to 180 existing USMC's AH-1Ws will be re-manufactured to the AH-1Z configuration. Aircraft modified under the H-1 program will remain in service with the USMC beyond 2025. The H-1 upgrade will reduce 70 percent maintenance costs saving around $2 billion while providing a more survivable, maneuverable, and supportability helicopter using the most modern technologies available. The UH-1Y and the AH-1Z aircraft to be modified under the H-1 program will share 84% of component parts.

The AH-1Z features higher g loads, maneuverability, flexibility, survivability, full digital glass cockpit, TopOwl helmet mounted displays, advanced electronic warfare protection suite, and a crashworthy fuel system to reduce risk of fire over current AH-1Ws. The AH-1Z weapon system comprises a 20mm main gun, up to 16 AGM-114A/B/C/F/K Hellfire anti-armor missiles, 2 AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles, and rocket launchers. The Hawkeye XR target sight system (TSS) permits to utilize the Hellfire missile at maximum missile's reach during day/night and adverse weather conditions. The AH-1Z will be able to operate from both land and sea platforms. The T700-GE-701C engine is being offered as an alternative powerplant for AH-1Z international customers.

As of 2004, US Marine Corps reports suggest that the AH-1Z helicopter will complete its integrated testing in April 2005, the full rate production will start in February 2006, and the initial operational capability will be achieved in June 2009. These delays are the result of Marine Corps aim to change procurement profile to expedite replacement of the aging UH-1 fleet. On April 4, 2005, Bell Helicopter Textron was awarded a $104 million contract to exercise an option for low rate initial production (LRIP) Lot II procurement of 3 AH-1Zs and 4 UH-1Ys in fiscal year 2005 under the H-1 program. The work was expected to be complete by December 2007.

Bell Helicopter rolled out its first production AH-1Z and UH-1Y helicopters September 27, 2006, at Amarillo plant, Texas. The US Marine Corps H-1 program calls for 280 upgraded attack helicopters and utility helicopters. As of early 2010, the number of AH-1Z helicopters to be procured by the USMC could exceed 226 from 180 aircraft envisaged previously. In October 2010, after completion of OPEVAL the number of AH-1Z to be delivered to the USMC by 2019 was 189 new and remanufactured aircraft.

AH-1Z Viper Applications

Fighting Ships LHA 6 America LHA 8

AH-1Z Viper Specifications

Crew: 2
Main Rotor Blades: 4
Number of Engines: 2
Tail Rotor Blades: 4
Main Gun Caliber: 20 millimeter
Ceiling: 6,100 meter (20,013 foot)
Max Range: 420 kilometer (227 nautical mile)
Cruise Speed: 155 knot (287 kph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 222 knot (411 kph)
Flight Endurance: 3.30 hour (198 minute)
Empty Weight: 5,591 kilogram (12,326 pound)
Max Takeoff Weight: 8,409 kilogram (18,538 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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AH-1Z Viper News

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6 Jan 2003 and 30 Apr 2020
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Thursday, April 30, 2020FMS: Philippines Seeks Six AH-1Z Viper Attack Helicopters
Friday, December 13, 2019Czech Air Force Orders Eight UH-1Y and Four AH-1Z Helicopters
Thursday, February 7, 2019Bahrain to Get 12 AH-1Z Attack Helicopters
Friday, January 18, 2019US Navy Places Firm Order for 25 Lot 16 AH-1Z Attack Helicopters
Thursday, August 23, 2018US Navy Places Order for 29 Lot 15 AH-1Z Attack Helicopters
Wednesday, June 27, 2018Joint Air-to-Ground Missile Ready for Low-Rate Initial Production
Friday, April 27, 2018FMS: Bahrain Requests Sale of 12 AH-1Z Attack Helicopters
Friday, February 16, 2018Bell Helicopter Awarded Contract for 27 Lot 16 AH-1Z Aircraft
Wednesday, February 8, 2017US Navy Signs Contract for 25 Lot 14 AH-1Z Viper Helicopters
Tuesday, February 7, 2017US Navy Places Order for 27 Lot 15 AH-1Z Attack Helicopters

Operators & Related Equipment

Aircraft (12) ordered under Lot 16
Aircraft ordered in August 2015 (4) and April 2016 (9)
United States of America189
Apr 202090
Oct 20086

Grand Total 2184
Cannons & Gear
Defensive Weapons
AGM-114K Hellfire IIx16
AGM-114M Hellfire IIx16
AIM-9M Sidewinderx2
Propulsion Systems
Protection Systems
Sensor Systems
Hawkeye XRx1
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