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Bell AH-1 Cobra


Bell AH-1 Cobra

The Bell AH-1 Cobra is an attack helicopter. In 1965 the AH-1 did its maiden flight. During the Vietnam War the delivery of the AH-1 to the US Army began. It became a very important weapon system (also in the Vietnam War). The AH-1 has got a main rotor with two blades. A more powerful version of the AH-1 is the AH-1W Super Cobra. There are even more versions of the AH-1 like the AH-1J Sea Cobra which is used by the US Marines. The newest version of the AH-1 is the AH-1Z Viper with a main rotor with four blades. At the underside of the fuselage the AH-1 has got one M197 three-barreled 20 mm machine cannon. Under the wings the AH-1 can be equipped with air-to-surface missiles against tanks or with air-to-air missiles against aircrafts. The crew consists of 2 men, the gunner sits in front and the pilot sits on a higher seat behind him. The AH-1 is not only used by the USA, but also other countries use it.

Technical data about the Bell AH-1 Cobra
Crew 2 men
Length without main rotor 13.87 m
Main rotor diameter 14.63 m
Height 4.32 m
Engines two General Electric T700-GE-401 each with 1,212 kW
Weapons one M197 20 mm machine cannon
air-to-surface missiles
Maximum speed 315 km/h
Maximum takeoff weight 6,690 kg
Range 500 km


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Last Update: 07.10.2006