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Nr.2 Bell AH-1Z Viper (USA)
The AH-1Z Viper gunship is based on the AH-1W SuperCobra. This helicopter is used by the US
Marine Corps. It follows the line of the AH-1 Cobra helicopters, which was the world first dedicated
attack helicopter. A total of 226 Vipers will be built. Some of them will be upgraded from AH-1W
airframes. Others will be newly-built machines. Production of the Viper began in 2003. It reached
initial operational capability in 2010.
The Viper is armed with a 20-mm three-barrel cannon. It can carry up to 16 Hellfire aground
attack missiles. It can also carry unguided rockets and Sidewinder air-to-air missiles.
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The AH-1Z Viper has new rotor, uprated transmission upgraded avionics and new target sighting
system. Upgraded helicopters have improved flight characteristics. This helicopter is fitted with
infrared suppression system, which covers exhausts.