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Bell UH-1Y Venom (Super Huey)

United States (2009)
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The Bell UH-1Y Venom - in service with the USMC - is a comprehensive upgrade to the Bell Helicopter UH-1 Huey line.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Bell UH-1Y Venom (Super Huey) Medium-Lift Utility / Transport Helicopter.  Entry last updated on 6/22/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The United States Marine Corps (USMC) has been committed to the Bell UH-1 "Huey" platform for decades. In its original form, the helicopter debuted in 1959 and saw considerable action in the Vietnam War (1955-1975). In time, the service branch upgraded to the UH-1N "Twin Huey" model of twin-engine layout promising better performance and broadened mission capabilities. These arrived in 1969 and went on serve the host country as well as a slew of foreign operators.

Requiring a new, all-modern multirole transport type at the end of the last century, USMC authorities began reviewing available viable options. This evolved a new modernization program to cover work on both the AH-1W "SuperCobra" attack helicopter platform and the UH-1N "Twin Hueys". In 1996, Bell Helicopter was formally handed the contract and the result of this endeavor produced the AH-1Z "Viper" attack form and the UH-1Y "Venom" transport (the latter also known as the "Super Huey"). The contract was originally slated to cover modifications to existing Huey helicopters but this eventually became a commitment to new-build units - ninety-two having been completed to date (2017).

Part of the program was to reduce maintenance and repair costs while also improving logistical friendliness so several measures were taken by Bell to fulfill this end of the requirement. The two helicopters share the same powerplants (including transmission), avionics, all-glass instrument panels (as well as the software) and tailboom assemblies. Additionally, the two-bladed main rotors of the Twin Hueys have been given up in favor of a composite structure showcasing four total blades. The result is a more efficient and powerful rotary-wing system that works favorably in conjunction with the modified Viper attack platform for, between the two designs, there is nearly 85% commonality of parts.

The helicopter is crewed by up to two pilots seated side-by-side aft of the short nose cone with good vision out-of-the-cockpit thanks to oversized windshields. Entry-exit is by way of hinged automobile-style doors along the fuselage sides. Aft of this section is the passenger compartment which is given large, rectangular sliding entry/exit doors. The twin engine compartment is fitted over the roof and these systems drive the main rotor blade overhead as well as the four-bladed rotor unit at the tail (set to portside). Horizontal planes are set well-aft along the tail boom. The undercarriage is a simple four-point skid arrangement. An optics set is fitted to the "chin" position of the aircraft and the fuselage supports two outboard hardpoints for rocket or gun pods. The door positions can also mount machine guns or Gatling Guns atop pintle systems. In this way, the UH-1Y can be fielded as a gunship.

The Super Huey is powered by 2 x General Electric T700-GE-401C turboshaft engines developing up to 1,828 horsepower. Of note are the large suppression covers installed at each engine's exhaust port. The Venom is capable of speeds nearing 230 miles per hour with a cruising speed close to 190 mph. It features a mission endurance of over three hours and can reach a service ceiling up to 20,000 feet while sporting a rate-of-climb of 2,520 feet-per-minute.

Testing of Viper prototypes spanned from 2006 to 2008 and the series was formally in-service at the beginning of 2009 - ready to partake in American-led actions in Iraq. Nine total squadrons of the USMC now field the Venom. These are actively replacing the fleet of UH-1N Twin Hueys in still service.


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Any available statistics for the Bell UH-1Y Venom (Super Huey) Medium-Lift Utility / Transport Helicopter are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).




  Program Updates  


October 2017 - The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of the UH-1Y Venom helicopter to the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic is seeking to replace its aging fleet of Mil Mi-24 transport-assault helicopters in the same role through a 12-strong order. Other candidates in the running are the Sikorsky UH-60M / S-70i, the Leonardo AW139M and the Airbus Helicopters H125M.






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 200mph
Lo: 100mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (190mph).

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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: United States
Year: 2009
Type: Medium-Lift Utility / Transport Helicopter
Manufacturer(s): Bell Helicopter - USA
Production: 92
Status: Active, In-Service
Global Operators:
United States
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Bell UH-1Y Venom model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
1


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
58.33 ft


Meters
17.78 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
48.82 ft


Meters
14.88 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
14.76 ft


Meters
4.5 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
11,839 lb


Kilograms
5,370 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
18,519 lb


Kilograms
8,400 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
2 x General Electric T700-GE-401C turboshaft engines developing 1,828 horsepower each and driving a four-bladed main rotor and four-bladed tail rotor.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
190 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
305 kph


Knots
165 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
298 mi


Kilometers
480 km


Nautical Miles
259 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
20,013 ft


Meters
6,100 m


Miles
3.79 mi


Performance
CLIMB RATE


Feet-per-Minute
2,520 ft/min


Meters-per-Minute
768 m/min

Supported Weapon Systems:

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Armament - Hardpoints (2):

Typically none though can be equipped with the following: 2 x 70mm (2.75") Hydra 70 OR APKWS II rocket pods; 2 x 7.62mm M240D GPMG on pintle mountings at doors; 2 x 12.7mm GAU-16/A Gatling Guns on pintle mountings at doors; 2 x 7.62mm GAU-17/A Gatling Guns on pintle mountings at doors.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• UH-1Y "Venom" - Base Series Designation