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AH-1W 'Super Cobra'


The AH-1W is one of two helicopters that collided near Yuma, Arizona on Feb. 22. The 'Super Cobra' is the backbone of the United States Marine Corps’ attack helicopter fleet. Plans are to replace the helicopter with the AH-1Z Viper upgrade over the next decade.

General characteristics
* Crew: 2: pilot, CPG (co-pilot/gunner)
* Length: 44 ft 7 in (13.6 m)
* Rotor diameter: 48 ft (14.6 m)
* Height: 13 ft 5 in (4.1 m)
* Disc area: 530.83 ft 2 (168.1 m2)
* Empty weight: 10,920 lb (4,953 kg)
* Max takeoff weight: 14,750 lb (6,690 kg)
* Powerplant: 2-General Electric T700 turboshaft, 1,680 shp (1,300 kW) each
* Rotor systems: 2 blades on main rotor, 2 blades on tail rotor Performance
* Maximum speed: 190 knots (218 mph, 352 km/h)
* Range: 317 nmi (365 mi, 587 km)
* Service ceiling: 12,200 ft (3,720 m)
* Rate of climb: 1,620 ft/min (8.2 m/s)

Armament
* M197 3-barreled 20 mm “Gatling-style” cannon in the A/A49E-7 turret (750 rounds ammo capacity)
* 2.75 in (70 mm) Hydra 70 rockets - Mounted in LAU-68C/A (7 shot) or LAU-61D/A (19 shot) launchers
* 5 in (127 mm) Zuni rockets - 8 rockets in two 4-round LAU-10D/A launchers
* TOW Missiles - Up to 8 missiles mounted in two-missile launchers on each hardpoint
* AGM-114 Hellfire Missiles - Up to 8 missiles mounted in two 4-round M272 missile launchers, one on each outboard hardpoint
* AIM-9 Sidewinder Anti-Aircraft Missiles - 1 mounted on each outboard hardpoint (total of 2)
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