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Bell AH-1 HueyCobra / Cobra vs Bell AH-1 SuperCobra


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SUBJECTS
Bell AH-1G Cobra
Dedicated Two-Seat Attack Helicopter
Bell AH-1W SuperCobra
Attack Helicopter
BASICS
ORIGIN
United States
ORIGIN
United States
YEAR
1967 [Diff.-4 yrs]
YEAR
1971 [Diff.+4 yrs]
CREW
2
CREW
2
PRODUCTION
1,116 units [Diff.-155]
PRODUCTION
1,271 units [Diff.+155]
DIMENSIONS
LENGTH
53.1 ft (16.2 m) [Diff.+7.6 ft]
LENGTH
45.5 ft (13.9 m) [Diff.-7.6 ft]
WIDTH/SPAN
44.0 ft (13.4 m) [Diff.-3.9 ft]
WIDTH/SPAN
47.9 ft (14.6 m) [Diff.+3.9 ft]
HEIGHT
13.5 ft (4.1 m) [Diff.-1.0 ft]
HEIGHT
14.6 ft (4.4 m) [Diff.+1.0 ft]
RELATIVE SIZE COMPARISON
NOTES: Shapes below depict aircraft from wingtip-to-wingtip / nose-to-tail assuming aircraft are being viewed from overhead perspective (the nose pointing towards the top of the screen). Helicopter widths include main rotor diameter. If any dimensional values are "NA" in the database then the presented shapes may appear skewed.


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Bell AH-1G Cobra
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Bell AH-1W SuperCobra
WEIGHTS
EMPTY WT.
5,798 lb (2,630 kg) [Diff.-5,121 lb]
EMPTY WT.
10,919 lb (4,953 kg) [Diff.+5,121 lb]
M.T.O.W.
9,502 lb (4,310 kg) [Diff.-5,247 lb]
M.T.O.W.
14,749 lb (6,690 kg) [Diff.+5,247 lb]
INSTALLED POWER
1 x Lycoming T53-L-13 turboshaft engine developing 1,100 shaft horsepower while driving a two-blade main rotor and two-blade tail rotor.
2 x General Electric T700-GE-401 turboshaft engines developing 1,723 shaft horsepower while driving two-blade main and two-blade tail rotors.
PERFORMANCE
SPEED
172 mph (277 kph) [Diff.-1 mph]
SPEED
173 mph (278 kph) [Diff.+1 mph]
RANGE
357 miles (575 km) [Diff.-7 miles]
RANGE
365 miles (587 km) [Diff.+7 miles]
CEILING
11,401 ft (3,475 m) [Diff.-2,598 feet]
CEILING
13,999 ft (4,267 m) [Diff.+2,598 feet]
RATE-OF-CLIMB
1,230 ft/min [Diff.+430 feet]
RATE-OF-CLIMB
800 ft/min [Diff.-430 feet]
ARMAMENT
STANDARD (AH-1G):
M28 Turret: 2 x 7.62mm Miniguns OR 2 x 40mm M129 grenade launcher or mix of both.

OPTIONAL (AH-1G):
Four wingstub hardpoints for the carrying of 7- or 19-shot 2.75" rocket pods, 7.62mm M18 Minigun pods OR 20mm cannon pods (XM195). Later support for TOW anti-tank missiles. Armament can also be mixed.
STANDARD:
1 x 20mm 3-barreled Gatling gun in powered chin turret.

OPTIONAL:

8 x Hughes TOW anti-tank missiles (quad launcher on outboard wing station).
8 x AGM-114 Hellfire anti-armor missiles (quad launcher on outboard wing station).
2 x AIM-9L short-range air-to-air missiles
2 x AGM-122A Sidearm air-to-surface anti-radiation missiles.
2 x 2.75in 7-Shot Munition Dispensing/HE Rocket Pods
2 x 2.75in 19-Shot Munition Dispensing/HE Rocket Pods
2 x 7.62mm Machine Gun pods

Also support for Fuel Air Explosive and Conventional Drop Bombs as required as well as external fuel tanks for improved range.
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