Avg. Cruise Speed:
Max. Cruise Speed:
one to three
2 x 1,828 shp ea.
58 ft. 4 in.
14 ft. 7 in.
48 ft. 10 in.
The UH-1Y Venom helicopter produced by Bell is the latest in the line of the most widely produced helicopters in the Western world today. The original Huey became famous for its role during the Vietnam war.
The UH-1Y Venom has been replacing aging “N” model helicopters since they were retired in August of 2014. The new helicopters are used by the United States Marine Corps and are already seeing action in Afghanistan.
The UH-1Y Venom was originally conceived as a refitted “N” model with a number of upgrades. However, it was decided to produce it as a new helicopter. The upgrades to the helicopter became necessary as additional weight was added to the original Huey airframe. When more demands were put on it with increased avionics, weapons, and armor, its speed, range, and payload were reduced.
At first glance the new UH-1Y Venom model can be distinguished from prior models by its four blade main rotor. Sharp eyed observers will notice that the forward fuselage is about two feet longer than its predecessor. Other changes are a stronger airframe, improving maneuverability, and hardened fuselage components providing greater protection to its crew and passengers.
More powerful engines in the UH-1Y Venom provide greater speed, and additional payload capacity. More modern avionics include an all glass cockpit, forward looking infra red imaging systems, and electronic counter measure abilities. There are larger fuel tanks which can withstand greater impacts. New seating is designed to offer the greatest possible impact protection of any helicopter in operation today. Overall engine vibrations have been decreased.
Along with all of the improvements of the new helicopter comes more reliability. The UH-1Y Venom incorporates a series of sensors to provide its crew with the latest maintenance detection available. Major components of the helicopter can be more easily reached through access hatches and doors. The mean time between failure rate of most major components has been extended. Most of the parts of the new helicopter are shared with its predecessor.
Dec. 19, 2019: The U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support awarded Bell Textron US$815,000,040 for “an indefinite-delivery, performance-based logistics requirements contract for the repair, upgrade or replacement of 35 items used on the UH-1Y Venon and AH-1Z helicopters, along with inventory management, warehousing and establishing supply response time metrics”. Estimated completion is December of 2024..
Some 92 UH-1Y Venom helicopters have been manufactured to date.