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Viper
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Faction USMC
Type Medium Attack Helicopter
Seats 2 seats:
  • 1× Pilot
  • 1× Gunner
Item capacity Max:
  • 3× Weapons
  • 20× Magazines
  • 1× Backpack
Top speed ~ 278 km/h
Service ceiling ~ 6,000 m
Fuel capacity 1000 L
Primary armament Main:
  • 1× M197 20 mm
  • 8× AGM-114 Hellfire ATGM
  • 2× Hydra 70 Rocket Pods
  • 2× AIM-9L Sidewinder AA
Secondary armament Defensive:
  • 120× Countermeasures (Chaff/Flare)
Variants None
Games
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The AH-1Z Viper is a medium attack helicopter that is exclusively used by the U.S. Marines in ArmA 2.

Overview

  • Role:
    • Medium gunship
« The AH-1Z Super Cobra is the Marine Corps’ primary attack helicopter, providing close air support, reconnaissance, point target attacks and anti armor capabilities.
It is armed with 8 air-to-ground Hellfire missile platforms, a dual Hydra rocket system, dual AIM-9 air-to-air guided missile platforms and a 20mm gatling gun.
Armoury Description
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Design

The Viper is a twin-engined, rotary-wing attack helicopter. It is the latest generation model in the AH-1 series of attack helicopters, and unlike its predecessor the Viper uses a composite main rotor system with four blades instead. It also has an improved transmission and a new target sighting system.

Armament
By default, the Viper is armed with a 20 mm gatling cannon mounted onto a turret fitted beneath the cockpit. Its other armament consists of twin 70 mm rocket pods, air-to-ground anti-tank guided missiles, and short-range, infrared-guided air-to-air missiles; all of which are mounted onto stub wings on either side of the fuselage.

The Viper's M197 20 mm cannon is pre-loaded with a 750 round belt of high-explosive (HE) shells, and can be zeroed up to a maximum distance of 1,200 metres. It also has 8 Hellfire ATGMs and two Sidewinder AAMs, while each rocket pod is loaded with 19 rockets fitted with high-explosive dual purpose (HEDP) warheads, for a total of 38 rockets.

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Banking right after a successful rocket run.

Features
The Viper provides the U.S. Marine Corps with the ability to provide close air support, armed escort and anti-tank support in all day/night and adverse weather conditions. With its twin AA missiles, the Viper can even interdict enemy attack helicopters and low-flying fixed-wing jets.

Mobility
Its manoeuvrability is noticeably better than the USMC's own heavier and bulkier counterpart due to using a nimbler airframe, and can make sharper turns in mid-air while maintaining its speed (mostly) during a climb or dive.

Contrast this to the AH-64D, which struggles to maintain a consistent speed while making even the slightest of turns due to its heavier armour plating and armament.

Drawbacks
Unlike the AH-64D however, the Viper is lightly armoured and cannot withstand as much ground fire. In addition to compromising on its armour, the 20 mm cannon that the Viper packs is only effective at destroying light vehicles and infantry, whereas the AH-64D's 30 mm cannon can punch through medium armoured vehicles and even damage exposed components on Main Battle Tanks.

Crew Capacity
The Viper has only a seating capacity of two personnel for a crew that consists of the pilot and gunner.

Trivia

  • Unlike the UH-1Y and MV-22 Osprey, the AH-1Z was one of the few aircraft from the original ArmA 2 that was "upgraded" with the ability to use countermeasure flares with the release of the Operation Arrowhead expansion pack, as well as the ability for the gunner to toggle black/white-hot thermal optics.
  • While not technically anachronistic like the F-35B, the AH-1Z was not actually declared to have Initial Operational Capability (IOC) until February 2011, almost a year and a half after the events of Operation Harvest Red.

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See also

Aircraft of comparable role and configuration