YouTube – AH-1W Super Cobra
Max Speed (Vne):
2 x 1,680 shp ea.
45 ft. 7 in.
13 ft. 5 in.
AH-1W Super Cobra
The AH-1W Super Cobra, produced by Bell Helicopter, is an upgraded twin engine version of the original Cobra. It has been the primary attack helicopter of the U.S. Marine Corps since the 1990’s.
The AH-1W Super Cobra is deployed from land bases and ships. It is noted for its maneuverability, multi mission capabilities, and fire power. The helicopter has been used ahead of ground troops to neutralize enemy armor and artillery.
In the AH-1W Super Cobra the gunner sits in the front seat. The view of the battlefield from there is commanding. Weapons can be employed in darkness using night vision sights. The pilot sits to the rear and above the gunner, sufficiently high to enable a good over the head view.
The AH-1W Super Cobra has cable cutters situated on top of the pilot’s position as well as below it. A 20 mm three barrel cannon is mounted in a turret in the chin of the helicopter. The cannon can fire up to 675 rounds per minute and the turret can utilize a 110 degree arc of fire on either side of the aircraft. Stub pylons provide lift during forward flight in addition to holding numerous weapons including Sidewinder air to air missiles. Pods holding seven rockets are located on each pylon. TOW (Tube-launched, Optically sighted, Wire guided) missiles can be used against heavily armored targets such as tanks. The main rotor blades are produced from composite made to absorb hits from 23 mm shells. The tail rotors are aluminum honeycomb with the leading edge and skin made from aluminum.
The AH-1W Super Cobra flew some 1,300 missions during the 1990 Gulf War. They accounted for some 200 tanks, armored vehicles, personnel carriers, and two anti-aircraft sites being neutralized without a single helicopter lost in combat.
In 1992 and 1993 AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters were deployed to Somalia during Operation Restore Hope. In 1994 they were deployed to Haiti in support of the U.S. invasion. In 2001 AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters were deployed in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom and in 2003 in Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2016 AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters from the USS Wasp flew close air support for U.S. friendly militias in Libya. When the USS Wasp moved from the area, AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters were deployed over Libya flying from the USS San Antonio.
Over 1,270 twin engine Bell AH-1 helicopters of all types were produced of which some 180 were AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters
RC AH-1W Super Cobra
The RC AH-1W Super Cobra from Roban is a 700 size ARF. It is 69 in. long, 20 in. wide and 13 in high. Rotor diameter is 61 1/2 in. You will need a 530 kV motor for power. All up weight is about 18 lbs.