The AH-1Q was an anti-armor version of the AH-1G with an M28A1E1 turret (later standardized as the M28A2), XM65 TOW/Cobra missile subsystem, infrared sight, and XM128 helmet sight subsystem (HSS). The AH-1Q was equipped to fire eight Hughes BGM-71 130mm TOW (Tube-Launched, Optically Tracked, Wire Command-Link Guided) anti-tank missiles mounted in a pair of two-round pods on the outboard pylons. The AH-1Q was the first Cobra to feature the snub-nosed Telescopic Sight Unit (TSU). Considered an interim development, the first AH-1Qs were delivered to the Army in 1973, with initial production units entering service in early 1975. 93 AH-1Qs were produced or converted from AH-1Gs; all were subsequently converted to the AH-1S configuration.


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: No longer flying


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-13 turbine

Engine manufacturer: Lycoming Engines

Max continuous power: 933 kW (1250 hp)

Take-off / rated power: 1045 kW (1400 hp)

Weights and Performance

Data on aircraft weight and flight characteristics

Max Gross Weight (ground): 4309 kg (9500 lb)

Max Range: 583 km (315 nm)

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