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Bell AH-1W Super Cobra (209)

Photo ID 184250 by Hans-Werner Klein. USA Marines Bell AH 1W Super Cobra 209, 162550
The Bell AH-1 SuperCobra is a twin-engine attack helicopter based on the US Army's AH-1 Cobra. The twin Cobra family includes the AH-1J SeaCobra, the AH-1T Improved SeaCobra, and the AH-1W SuperCobra. The AH-1W is the backbone of the United States Marine Corps's attack helicopter fleet, but will be replaced in service by the AH-1Z Viper upgrade in the next decade.
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • First Flight: 1969
  • Initial Service Date: 1986 (W)
  • No. Built: 1,271
  • No. In Service: 290 (approx.)
  • No. of Hardpoints: 4
  • Crew: 2

Power:

2x General Electric T700 Turboshaft at 1,680 hp

Weapons:

M197 3-barreled 20mm cannon (750 rounds)
2.75 in (70 mm) Hydra 70 rockets - in LAU-68C/A (7 shot) or LAU-61D/A (19 shot) launchers
5 in (127 mm) Zuni rockets - 8 rockets in two 4-round LAU-10D/A launcher
TOW Missiles - Up to 8 missiles mounted in two-missile launchers on each hardpoint
AGM-114 Hellfire Missiles - Up to 8 missiles
AIM-9 Sidewinder Anti-Aircraft Missiles - 1 mounted on each outboard hardpoint

Dimensions:

Length:535 in.
Rotor Length:576 in.
Rotor Disc Area:530.83 sq.ft
Height:161 in.
Empty Weight:10,920 lbs
Max. Weight:14,750 lbs
Max. Ordnance Load:2,460 lbs
Max. Payload:4,543 lbs
Internal Fuel:2,080 lbs

Performance:

Max. Speed:218 mph
Cruise Speed:174 mph
Service Ceiling:12,200 ft.
Normal Range:317 nm

Operators:

United States Marine Corps
Islamic Republic of Iran Army
Republic of China Army
Turkish Army

Random great photos of the Bell AH-1W Super Cobra (209):

Photo ID 113772 by Paul Newbold. USA Marines Bell AH 1W Super Cobra 209, 165365
Photo ID 92805 by Peter Boschert. USA Marines Bell AH 1W Super Cobra 209, 160108
Photo ID 129915 by Peter Boschert. USA Marines Bell AH 1W Super Cobra 209, 163952
Photo ID 209776 by David F. Brown. USA Marines Bell AH 1W Super Cobra 209, 160804
Photo ID 94831 by Peter Boschert. USA Marines Bell AH 1W Super Cobra 209, 162571
Photo ID 112730 by Paul Newbold. USA Marines Bell AH 1W Super Cobra 209, 165449
Photo ID 179784 by Ruben Galindo. USA Marines Bell AH 1W Super Cobra 209, 163950
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