The Mother Of The Attack Helicopters-Bell AH-1G Cobra

Bell AH-1G Cobra

The production of Bell AH-1 series helicopter started with the Bell AH-1G helicopter. There were no AH-1A and AH-1B helicopters. Bell AH-1G started to work with the US military forces in 1967. It was given the nickname of Cobra.

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The first Bell Cobra was derived from the Bell UH-1 Iroquois. The body of all the cobra versions is slim from the front to the back side. In picture 2, the father"Iroquois" is standing with its kid"Cobra". The Cobra was the first ever attack helicopter in the world. The need for attack helicopter was felt when the Iroquois helicopter faced counter attack difficulties from the enemy during the dropping of troops. Bell UH-1 Iroquois was just a transporting helicopter. It was not an armed and attack helicopter. So, the production of Cobra was started.

Cobra Design

It is a tandem seat helicopter with two cockpits. The cockpits have the same roof but different doors. The pilot sits in the rear seat while the navigator or gunner sits in the front seat. The flying is the responsibility of the pilot and the navigator is responsible for the viewing the enemy from the front seat both with the naked eyes and with the help of instruments along with targeting the enemy with different weapons.
It is fitted with only one turboshaft engine. Both the main and tail rotor consists of two blades each. The lower body of the helicopter is fitted with the fixed skids for the landing and take off purpose.
Have a look at picture 1.

Armaments

It can carry 2 mini guns and these two guns are mounted in a turret that can rotate under the nose. There are four points under the wings where the different weapons can be placed. All the weapons like rocket pods, cannon pods, bombs and anti-tank missiles are mounted under both the wings of the cobra. There was no place for the weapons on the wings edges. The weapons selection depends upon the type of mission. You can see in picture 1.

Bell AH-1G Huey Cobra attack helicopter pic
One of  the original Bell AH-1G Cobra restored with colors

Bell UH-1 Iroquois and Bell AH-1G Cobra pic
Bell UH-1 Iroquois and Bell AH-1G Cobra

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