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  • Bell 209 AH-1 Cobra


    Bell 209 AH-1 Cobra

    The AH-1 HueyCobra, the first true gunship put into production, rushed into service during the Vietnam War and remained the backbone of the US Army attack helicopter fleet until it was replaced by the AH-64 Apache during the 1980s.

    A twin engine variant, known as the Sea Cobra, was soon adopted by the USMC too and as of 2010, remains in production in the far more sophisticated AH-1Z variant.

    Read more at AH-1 Cobra

    Derivatives & Versions

    AH-1G Cobra 1965
    AH-1J Sea Cobra 1969 The AH-1J Sea Cobra was developed for the USMC as a twin engine variant based on a desire for improved safety and redundancy for over-water opera ...
    AH-1E Cobra 1970
    AH-1T Super Cobra 1974
    AH-1S Cobra 1976 The US Army upgraded the AH-1G (and its modernization AH-1Q and AH-1R ) with a three step program called AH-1S. - Production AH-1S ( AH-1S Pr ...
    AH-1F Cobra 1979
    Fuji AH-1S 1980 Fuji acquired a license to build the Bell AH-1S attack helo for JGSDF. 92 AH-1S were built with provision for 8 TOW missiles and with Ichihara en ...
    AH-1W Super Cobra 1986 First delivered on 27 Mar 1986, the USMC retired its last AH-1W Super Cobra at the end of Sep 2020 after 34 years of service.
    Some USMC AH-1W still fly on, re-manufactured as the AH-1Z Viper.
    AH-1Z Viper 2000 Part of the H-1 upgrade program the twin engine AH-1Z ( Bell 449 ) was developed from the AH-1W Super Cobra as the new US Marines's attack helic ...
    Firewatch Cobra 2003 Former US Army attack helicopters equipped with infrared sensors for firefighting support. They have a communications downlink to the ground com ...

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