US Offers 'SuperCobra'

US Offers 'SuperCobra' 18 January, 2018

The US Government decided to offer surplus Marine Corps Bell AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopters to international customers from February. 

The helicopters entered service with the USMC in 1986. Powered by twin General Electric T700-GE-401 engines, the AH-1W has a top speed of 147 kt, a range of 256 n miles (474 km), and a service ceiling of 18,700 ft (limited to 10,000 ft by oxygen requirements), all in a basic combat configuration. 

The platform is equipped with a nose-mounted 20 mm Gatling-gun and has four external wing stations that can fire 70 mm and 127 mm rockets, TOW and Hellfire air-to-surface missiles, Sidewinder air-to-air missiles, and Sidearm anti-radiation missiles.

The helicopters will first be equipped with a new ‘glass’ cockpit. 

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