Weapon Wednesday – Say Goodbye to Whiskey Cobra

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  • The U.S. Marines have fully retired the AH-1W Super Cobra, or the “Whiskey Cobra.”
  • The replacement, the AH-1Z Viper, is also known as the “Zulu.”
  • The two helicopters are similar, but the Zulu incorporates many improvements, including the ability to fly in poor weather.

The U.S. Marine Corps recently completed its transition from the AH-1W Sea Cobra attack helicopter (above) to the new, improved AH-1Z Viper. The choppers share a common lineage dating back to the Vietnam War, and in some cases, also the same airframe.

The new “Viper” includes new propulsion, fire control, and sensor improvements, but the mission is the same: provide devastating close air support to Marines on the ground.

us marines with marine light attack helicopter squadron hmla 775, 4th marine aircraft wing, fly an ah 1z cobra at the marine corps air station camp pendleton, california, nov 18, 2019 this is the first ah 1z that hmla 775 has received as part of their ah 1w to ah 1z transition us marine corps photo by pfc seth g merz
The AH-1Z features a slightly raised main rotor than the AH-1W.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Seth G. Merz/DVIDS

The U.S. Army developed the AH-1 “Cobra” attack helicopter in the 1960s as a dedicated helicopter escort and close air support platform for use in Vietnam. A small, thin, single-engine variant of the ubiquitous UH-1 “Huey” helicopter, the Cobra soldiered on well into the Cold War with the Army before being replaced with the AH-64 Apache.

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