The AH-1W Super Cobra Helicopter
What is it?
The AH-1W is an attack helicopter used for fire support, security for forward and rear-area forces, attacking enemy armor and air forces, supporting other weapons, and reconaissance.
Who makes it?
Bell Helicopter Textron of Fort Worth, Texas.
What are the statistics?
- Engines: twin General Electric T700-GE-401 turboshaft engines, pushing 2082 horsepower (in its full capacity) and 1775 hp otherwise.
- Length: 58 feet (17.67 meters)
- Height: 13.7 feet (4.17 meters)
- Rotor Diameter: 48 feet (14.62 meters)
- Speed: 147 knots (169.05 miles per hour) in basic combat attack configuration.
- Maximum takeoff weight: 14,750 pounds (6,696.50 kilograms)
- Range: 256 nautical miles (294.4 miles) in basic combat attack configuration.
- Ceiling: 18,700 feet (5,703.5 meters) limited to 10,000 feet (3,050 kilometers) by oxygen requirements.
- Crew: 2 officers - 1 pilot, and 1 co-pilot/gunner.
What kind of weapons does it use?
- The United States Marine Corps Fact File in http://www.hqmc.usmc.mil/factfile.nsf/7e931335d515626a8525628100676e0c/a251c8116905c4b98525626d00777b4b?OpenDocument
- Bell Helicopter Textron's brochure for the AH-1W in http://www.bellhelicopter.textron.com/content/products/MilitaryHelicopters/ah1w/productBrochure/page1.html