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.

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: 5.30 m (17.4 ft)

Overall Length: 16.17 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 Gross Weight (ground): 4536 kg (10000 lb)

Max Range: 519 km (280 nm)

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