AKA Bell 209. Retired US Army AH-1Fs have been converted into US Forest Service Firewatch Cobras with infrared and low-light sensors for real-time fire monitoring, GIS mapping, real-time color video, geo-referenced infrared, and infrared downlink. In addition to intelligence gathering, they are also used as a platform for an Air Attack Group Supervisor (ATGS) or a Helicopter Coordinator (HLCO).

Overview

Data on design, manufacture and status

Design authority: Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.

Primary manufacturer: Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.

Parent type: Bell Model 209/AH-1 Cobra

Aircraft status: Operational

Configuration

Primary flight and mechanical characteristics

VTOL type: Helicopter

Lift configuration: Single main rotor

Dedicated control device: Tail rotor

Crew required: 2

Crew seating: Tandem

Landing gear: Skids

Overall Dimensions

Data on aircraft size

Overall Height: 4.10 m (13.5 ft)

Overall Length: 16.14 m (53.0 ft)

Overall Width: 13.41 m (44.0 ft)

Engine Details

Aircraft powerplant (lift and/or propulsion)

Total number of engines: 1

Engine designation: Lycoming T53-L-703 turbine

Engine manufacturer: Lycoming Engines

Maximum power: 1343 kW (1800 hp)

Weights and Performance

Data on aircraft weight and flight characteristics

Max Range: 519 km (280 nm)

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