The AH-1F "Modernized" Cobra represents the culmination of the US Army's long-term Cobra upgrade program. First delivered to the Army in 1979, the AH-1F fielded a new fire control system, featuring a heads-up display (HUD), and upgraded sights and rangefinders. It also featured an innovative fire control computer that coordinated sensor input such as three-dimensional airspeed, rotor downwash, and outside temperature to calculate the most accurate firing solutions for the aircraft's weapons. Other enhancements included improved navigation systems, as well as passive and active infrared defenses.
Design authority: Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
Primary manufacturer: Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
Parent type: Bell Model 209/AH-1 Cobra
Aircraft status: Operational
VTOL type: Helicopter
Lift devices: 1 Single main rotor
Dedicated control device: 1 Tail rotor
Crew required: 2 in Tandem arrangement
Landing gear: Skids