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USMC finally retires the Bell AH-1W

After three and a half decades the United States Marine Corps finally says goodbye to the Whiskey model so Semper Fidelis.

As in the decade, the AH-1Z Zulu is at the forefront of the HMLA squadrons with The Uh-1Y.

Leaving The Taiwanese Army Aviation and Turkish Land Forces the only operator of the Whiskey Cobra.

If it ain't broke don't retire it or fix it.

Bring back the huey.
As I Said they flying the Ah-1Z and UH-1Y (my pic from Paris Air Show 2011)

If it ain't broke don't retire it or fix it.

Bring back the huey.
A superb and much loved helicopter that served well.

If it aint broke don’t fix…but they did improve it.

The Super Cobra was succeeded by the AH-1Z Viper or Zulu Cobra. This had new rotor technology, an integrated weapon system with upgraded military avionics, weapons systems, and electro-optical sensors, improved survivability finds targets at longer ranges then attacks with precision weapons.

It's bearing-less hingeless rotor system had 75% fewer parts than previous four-bladed articulated systems, composites, rotor blades with increased ballistic survivability, and semiautomatic folding system for storage at sea. Its wing stubs were longer, with a wingtip station for a missile such as the AIM-9 Sidewinder. Each wing has two other stations for 2.75-inch (70 mm) Hydra 70 rocket pods, or AGM-114 Hellfire quad missile launchers. The AN/APG-78 Longbow fire control radar can also be mounted on a wingtip station. Its General Dynamics M197 20mm three-barrelled gatling with up to 1,500 shots a minute. It will also be able to use the Joint-Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM), currently in development by the Army and Navy in cooperation with L Martin. JAGM will replace the AGM-114 Hellfire Missile.

These are still being ordered by the Navy for the USMC.


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