I have a question on the Bell AH-1Z. Specifically, if this aircraft is being used in Afghanistan ? I realize that the Marine Corps utilized this weapons platform in Iraq, but I cannot recall it's use in Afghanistan. The AH-64 seems to be the prominent attack helicopter in use in this region. Could a member provide any insight on why this helicopter has not been used as frequently as the Apache ?
It's more than likely just the numbers of AH-64 squadrons vs the numbers of AH-1 squadrons. The Marines operate the Cobra, the Army operates the Apache. So just by the numbers alone, the Army has a much larger fleet of AH-64s to field in wartime than what the Marines have in their inventory. So it's much more likely you would see Apaches than Cobras on average... But both have been deployed to Afghanistan, it's just the AH-1W model; this new Z model is just recently been fully approved.
Thank you all for the information. KillerBD what you have stated makes sense. It's just that in my readings and visits to defense/military forums on the internet, I can't recall ever seeing/reading of their deployment to Afghanistan. I always thought it was a formidable weapon, and wondered why it wasn't being used.
On a sidenote I always thought the Douglas Skyraider (A-1H/J) would have performed well in Afghanistan with the threat of SAM being low. But that's another topic.