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The Bell AH-1 Cobra is a two-blade, single engine attack helicopter manufactured by Bell Helicopter. It was developed using the engine, transmission and rotor system of the Bell UH-1 Iroquois. A member of the prolific Huey family, the AH-1 is also referred to as the HueyCobra or Snake.

The AH-1 was the backbone of the United States Army’s attack helicopter fleet, but has been replaced by the AH-64 Apache in Army service. Upgraded versions continue to fly with the militaries of several other nations. The AH-1 twin engine versions remain in service with United States Marine Corps (USMC) as the service’s primary attack helicopter. Surplus AH-1 helicopters have been converted for fighting forest fires.

General characteristics

Crew: two: one pilot, one co-pilot/gunner (CPG)
Length: 53 ft (16.2 m) (with both rotors turning)
Rotor diameter: 44 ft (13.4 m)
Height: 13 ft 6 in (4.12 m)
Empty weight: 5,810 lb (2,630 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 9,500 lb (4,310 kg)
Rotor system: 2 blades on main rotor, 2 blades on tail rotor
Fuselage length: 44 ft 5 in (13.5 m)
Stub wing span: 10 ft 4 in (3.15 m)
Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming T53-L-13 turboshaft, 1,100 shp (820 kW)


Never exceed speed: 190 knots (219 mph, 352 km/h)
Maximum speed: 149 knots (171 mph, 277 km/h)
Range: 310 nmi (357 mi, 574 km)
Service ceiling: 11,400 ft (3,475 m)
Rate of climb: 1,230 ft/min (6.25 m/s)

- 2 × 7.62 mm (0.308 in) multi-barrel Miniguns, or 2 × M129 40 mm Grenade launchers, or one of each, in the M28 turret. (When one of each was mounted, the minigun was mounted on the right side of the turret, due to feed requirements.)
- 2.75 in (70 mm) rockets - 7 rockets mounted in the M158 launcher or 19 rockets in the M200 launcher
- M18 7.62 mm Minigun pod or XM35 armament subsystem with XM195 20 mm cannon

Source: Wikipedia
Photo courtesy: U.S. Army & Akradecki (Wikipedia Commons)

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