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<!--BEGIN SPECIFICATIONS--> AH-1 Cobra Specifications Primary Function: Anti-armour and close support/attack helicopter Contractor: Bell Crew: Two (pilot in rear, copilot/gunner in front) Unit Cost: N/A Powerplant Two 1212-kW General Electric T700-GE-401 turboshafts Dimensions Length: 58 feet Wingspan: 10 feet 7 in Height: 14 feet 2 in Weights Empty: 10,200 lb (4627 kg) -- AH-1W Maximum Takeoff: 14,750 lb (6691 kg) -- AH-1W Performance Speed: 175mph (152kt, 282 km/h) Ceiling: N/A Range: 395 miles (635 km / 343 nm) -- AH-1W Armament one chin-mounted M-197 3-barrelled 20mm cannon. Max 2,466 lb including 8 TOW or hellfire ATGMs, seven or 19-shot 70mm (2.75 in) rocket pods, 127mm (5 in) Zuni rockets, cluster munitions, napalm, AIM-9 and Stinger IR AAMs and drop tanks; qualified for AGM-65 Maverick AGMs. <!--END SPECIFICATIONS--> <!--BEGIN ACHIEVEMENTS--> AH-1 Cobra Achievements The AH-1 is fully capable of performing its attack mission in all weather conditions. <!--END ACHIEVEMENTS--> <!--BEGIN FEATURES--> <!-- AH-1 Cobra Features --> <!--END FEATURES--> <!--BEGIN BACKGROUND--> AH-1 Cobra Background The AH-1 Cobra was the world's first dedicated (that is, specifically designed) armed attack helicopter. The need for an armed gunship to protect unarmed helicopters had quickly become apparent during the early months of the Vietnam conflict, when many helicopters were lost to ground fire. The AH-1, being fast, heavily armed, and highly maneuverable, proved itself a powerful combatant throughout the rest of the war. Its precedent-setting design has led to many other variations (including some with two engines) and a number of other armed helicopters have been developed by different manufacturers. <!--END BACKGROUND-->
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