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Bell AH-1W Super Cobra (209)

Photo ID 210093 by Wayne Dippold. USA Marines Bell AH 1W Super Cobra 209, 160804
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

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