The AH-1Z Viper which evolved from the AH-1W Super Cobra.
This helicopter is used by the US Marine Corps.
It follows the line of the venerable AH-1 Cobra, which was the world first dedicated attack helicopter. A total of 189 Vipers will be built.
Most of them will be upgraded from AH-1W airframes. Others will be newly-built machines.
The Viper was introduced in 2010 and full-rate production began in 2012.
The AH-1Z Viper has new engines, new rotor, uprated transmission upgraded avionics, and new target sighting system.
Upgraded helicopters have improved flight characteristics. This helicopter is fitted with infrared suppression system, which covers exhausts.
Since 2005, the U.S. Marine Corps has been using this terrifying display of power to strike fear into enemies’ hearts.
The Bell AH-1Z Viper, nicknamed the “Zulu Cobra,” is by far one of the deadliest weapons in the Marines’ arsenal
This bad boy can hold up to 18 missiles at one time. It’s also loaded with a Gatling cannon and Bell Helicopter’s web page about the chopper indicates the “Zulu is the only attack helicopter in the world with a fully-integrated air-to-air missile capability.” This arsenal is controlled by from a heads-up display crew can view on their helmet faceplates.
Wielding three tons of raw firepower and strength, the Zulu Cobra isn’t something anybody who goes against it would see twice.