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Most Powerful U.S. Marines Attack Helicopters in Action – Bell AH-1z viper

June 14, 2019



[Applause] bell ah-1z viper the most powerful helicopters in action the bell ah-1z viper is a modern version of the ah-1 cobra the first ever attack helicopter the modern version is also called zulu cobra in reference to its variant letter since its introduction in the mid 1960s the original cobra has been constantly improved and upgraded the latest ah-1z viper as a result of h1 helicopter upgrade program for the US Marine Corps that was launched by the US government in 1996 the bell helicopter company was eventually awarded a contract to deliver both upgraded and newly built a h1 Xin Vipers to the US Marine Corps the Viper gunship was developed alongside the n1y venom utility helicopter under the same program the ah-1z Viper is a direct derivative of the ah-1 w super cobra it is one of the most powerful capable in advanced helicopters flying today the ah-1z made its first flight back in 2000 it was introduced to the US Marine Corps in 2010 full-scale production commenced in 2012 Marines plan to receive a total of 189 Vipers until 2019 these include 130 101 w upgraded into h we built a h1g helicopters in 2015 it was announced that 12 of these gunships will be delivered to Pakistan upgrades of the ah-1z included implementation of state-of-the-art weapons and digital technology to respond to modern demands for contemporary warfare the Viper features outstanding flying and combat capabilities the ah-1z is essential changes in propulsion it is powered by two general electric t700 g40 1c turboshaft engines and has a crated transmission one of the main external difference from the ah-1 w is a composite four bladed main rotor instead of the previous two bladed rotor it reduced vibrations by up to 70% it is worth noting that a two bladed rotor was a distinctive feature of all previous bell helicopter models however due to these changes flying characteristics improved a lot despite all improvements in upgrades appearance of the ah-1z remains the same pilot is seated at the rear and co-pilot gunner at the front layout of two integrated digital cockpits is identical in all systems are duplicated this helicopter uses off-the-shelf electronic systems it can operate today night or adverse weather conditions it is night vision twinned with infrared and new targets search and acquisition software it permits Piper to find and engage targets at long range it can be fitted with longbow fire control radar mounted on wingtip station also there is automatic flight control station armaments of the Viper is very flexible it is enhanced by a helmet mounted side and display system the ah-1z carries about 2 T of various weapons on stub wings typically it carries agm-114 ABC Hellfire anti-tank missiles up to 16 and pods with 70 millimeters unguided rockets the Viper can be also fitted with agm-114 F Hellfire anti-ship missiles freefall bombs including the MK 77 incendiary bombs it can also carry two fire-and-forget a im9 Sidewinder short-range air-to-air missiles these amounted on wingtip stations also there is a 20 millimeter 3 barrel cannon a number of improvements were made to survivability in crash worthiness of the helicopter it is fitted with infrared suppression system which covers engine exhausts laser and radar warning systems in radar jammer it also has smart countermeasures dispenser with missile warning device latest airframe technologies were implemented such as crash worthy seeds energy absorbing landing gear self-sealing fuel tanks and fuel systems and fuel vapor alerting systems fuselage of the helicopter and external components were coated to avoid corrosion during prolonged service at sea these helicopters typically operate from amphibious assault ships [Applause] [Laughter] [Applause] [Laughter]

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