Again - nice. Thanks!
Short overview about the diffrent versions of the AH-1G/J Cobras and their armament used during the Vietnam War era.
AH-1G Huey Cobra:
The AH-1G entered the War in September 1967 an was also known under the nickname "Snake". Interesting is that it first was designated as UH-1G because it was build up on the UH-1 series but that was quickly changed to AH-1G for obvious reasons. This is also the reason why there is actually no G, J or any other model of the UH-1 with the same model letter then an AH-1. In fact the Cobra can be considered as a part of the big "Iroquoise" family.
It was generally equipped with the M28 Armament Subsystem. This system was a twin mount chin-turret which normally carried a M134 7.62mm minigun and a M129 40mm grenade launcher.
Some crews weren't satisfied with the aiming/shooting characteristics of the M129 grenade launcher and changed the loadout to two M134 miniguns.
The Cobra could be fitted with various wing-mounted weapon-systems like the four M200 19-tube rocket launchers for 2.75 inch rockets.
Two M200 19-tube and two XM157 seven-tube rocket launchers.
Two M200 19-tube and two M158 seven-tube rocket launchers.
The Cobra could be also equipped with the M35 Armament Subsystem at the inner port under the left wing. This system carried a M195 20mm gun.
There was also the M18 Armament Subsystem available. This system was a XM18 gunpod with an internally mounted M134 minigun which could be mounted on each of the ports.
AH-1J Sea Cobra:
The AH-1J was only used by the USMC and entered combat in March 1971. Besides an engine and some other improvements the main change was the new three barrel XM-197 20mm mounted in the nose-turret.
If you want additional and more precise informations on the armament you may visit the following links.
All infos and pictures are gather from various sources found in the net. I tried to use pictures that are not explicitly copyright protected and resized/reworked some of them to fit this short overview.
If you have any additonal infos, corrections, questions, complaints etc., please post them here in this topic. Thank you!
I agree - when I was a little infidel I wanted to be a Jarhead Cobra pilot - that seemed like the best job in the whole world -
Now, I occasionally see one fly overhead escorting other USMC birds and still smile. BUT - they are *LOUD* compared to an Apache - wow - those two old school blades just slapping the air - WHAP-WHAP-WHAP!
But Alas - I am a mere mortal - mired in the world of HMMWVs NTVs and MRAPs
im main. admin clerk for the USMC and i saw records that dated back to Nam
could not believe the Cobras been around for that long
lots of upgrades though
thanks for the pics!
(i spy UH-1 engines on the Cobra)
dont worry about the Cobras being loud no more
Marine Corps trying to get all Cobras 4 blades now
hell of a lot faster and quieter!
too bad they're a pain in the ass for aircraft mechanics and main admin to maintain
Last edited by pchoiboi; 08-06-2008 at 04:04 PM. Reason: grammer
A great video I just found here in the forum. As it perfectly fits this topic I decided to post it here, too.
Bell at some point proposed a four-blade rotor for the Cobra (the same as the Model 412 in fact) which was tested on an AH-1S.
The Marines also operated armed Hueys in Vietnam, and ordered their own version of the Cobra in May 1968. The USMC desired a twin engine AH-1G; thus, the SEA COBRA (AH-1J) was developed. Featuring the Pratt and Whitney Twinpac T400 engine (two 900-hp turboshaft engines coupled together) giving an overall increase in installed power, the AH-1J Sea Cobra included a new nose turret gun, the three barrel XM-197 20mm and other improvements. While development and production of the first 49 ordered were under way, the Marines obtained 38 AH-1Gs from the Army.
Some photos of camo snakes. The first two are from the NETT (New Equipment Training Team) and the third is from B/1/9th Cav.