AH-1S early

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AH-1S early
General characteristics
2 peopleCrew
4.535 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
Lycoming Engines T53-L-703 turboshaftEngine
Speed of destruction
450 km/hStructural
420 km/hGear
Offensive armament
20 mm M197 cannonWeapon 1
750 roundsAmmunition
1500 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
28 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rocketsSetup 1
76 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rocketsSetup 2
2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine gunSetup 3
2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine gun
14 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 4
2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine gun
38 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 5
4 x BGM-71 TOW missilesSetup 6
8 x BGM-71 TOW missilesSetup 7
4 x BGM-71 TOW missiles
38 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 8
8 x BGM-71 TOW missiles
38 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 9
4 x BGM-71 TOW missiles
2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine gun
Setup 10
8 x BGM-71 TOW missiles
2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine gun
Setup 11
380000 Rp icon.pngResearch
990000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png4900 / 6570/5180 / 6946/3300 / 4425Repair
280000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
990000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2200 Ge icon.pngAces
214 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
350 % Sl icon.png290 % Sl icon.png120 % Sl icon.png


GarageImage AH-1S early.jpg

The AH-1S early is a rank VI Japanese attack helicopter with a battle rating of 9.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Starfighters".

Unlike the other Japanese AH-1S counterparts, this AH-1S doesn't come with BGM-71 TOW-2.

Additionally it comes with a bicolor brown-white winter camouflage.

General info

Flight performance

The AH-1S has a single turboshaft T53-L-703 power plant, providing up to 1351 BHP & 220 kgf with a mass of 350 kg. This turboshaft engine is able to push the AH-1S to speeds in excess of 277 km/h whilst carrying wing-mounted armaments.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 1,000 m)
Max altitude
Stock 255 243 3,475
Upgraded 295 277

Survivability and armour

The AH-1S is an armoured attack helicopter offering protection to the crew and engine:

  • Composite boron carbide seat enclosures, for both of the crew, with a thickness of 20 mm.
  • A steel seat, which offers a thickness of 12 mm for the pilot only.
  • Steel plate covers, offering 12 mm of thickness over the turboshaft engine.

The AH-1S compensates with its small and nimble size compared to the Mi-24 Hinds which are incredibly well armoured but are huge and slow in comparison. However, the AH-1S does not protect all of its critical components, such as the fuel tanks, transmission, propeller shaft, and control surfaces, with armour plating, nor does it have armoured glass installed around the cockpit.


Offensive armament

Main article: M197 (20 mm)

The AH-1S early is armed with:

  • 1 x 20 mm M197 cannon (750 rpg)

Suspended armament

The AH-1S early can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 28 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 76 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine guns (1,500 rpg = 3,000 total)
  • 14 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets + 2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine guns (1,500 rpg = 3,000 total)
  • 38 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets + 2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine guns (1,500 rpg = 3,000 total)
  • 4 x BGM-71 TOW missiles
  • 8 x BGM-71 TOW missiles
  • 4 x BGM-71 TOW missiles + 38 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 8 x BGM-71 TOW missiles + 38 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 4 x BGM-71 TOW missiles + 2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine guns (1,500 rpg = 3,000 total)
  • 8 x BGM-71 TOW missiles + 2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine guns (1,500 rpg = 3,000 total)

Usage in battles

When playing the AH-1S, select the helipad which is in the ideal tactical location for your playstyle. Climb to around 1,500 meters, find a target, then descend on to them. For optimal effectiveness, it is important that you engage them from the rear or the side. As pilots primarily scan in front of themselves for targets, attacking from behind will give you the advantage of not being seen. When shadowing the target, approach as fast as possible to close the gap to within TOW range. After slowing, engage the sight stabilizer and fire the TOW missile and guide it to the target.

If the target tries to evade, keep the missile on the target and adjust to counter any manoeuvres your adversary may attempt.

Perhaps most importantly, if out of TOW range, the missile will self-detonate and could give your position away, if your adversary is attentive and sees the explosion.

Msg-important.png Remember you only have around one and a half miles before the missiles will detonate by themselves, you can only select to carry either 4 or 8 BGM-71 TOW missiles.

After gaining experience while playing with the BGM-71 missiles, you will be able to determine when you are within range based on that experience. This also applies to any other type of missile in the game too.

When engaging in close quarters combat with other helicopters, the biggest threats are air to air missiles- The AH-1S does not offer any protection against them with countermeasures such as flares or IRCM. This means you need to stay alert, active & on the lookout for fast moving dots. If you see a small fast dot heading towards you, make very sharp abrupt turns, change height at the same time while turning and rolling.

Msg-warning.png These are the biggest threats to you in battle since they can carry air-to-air missiles
Msg-important.png You may even be able to shoot down missiles with the installed 20 mm triple rotary M197 cannon.

When engaging other helicopters, the triple barrel rotary cannon makes short work of any adversary. Make sure to load it with the air target belt, aim for critical elements of the rival helicopters such as cockpit, engine and fuel tanks. If you have equipped your helicopter with the additional twin M134 miniguns, bring your target in front of you and open fire. They will obliterate the target and send a flaming wreck to the ground. The fast fire rate will chew through ammo at a rapid rate, but when fully loaded have 3,000 rounds in total. That's 1,500 rounds per mini gun, in addition to the 750 cannon rounds for the M197, potentially up to 3,750 rounds total!

Ground forces

Playing the AH-1S in ground forces, it is recommended to load up the 8 x BGM-71 TOW missiles + 38 x FFAR Mighty Mouse missiles. The BG-71 will give you the penetration at range in order to terminate tankers and with safety from the anti-aircraft missile equipped anti-air vehicles. It is a wise tactic that anti-aircraft missile equipped anti-air vehicles to be terminated first. Then once terminated, move into the battlefield and dominate the tanks with the 38 x FFAR Mighty Mouse missiles, which can cause a lot of damage and could potentially terminate up to 38 tanks with well-placed shots.

The ideal tactic is to utilize the helicopter and the terrain. Such as maps which have forests and lots of tree lines, stay low over the trees and select your targets based on the threat to yourself first, then the impact to the team.

For example, if you have seen no enemy SPAA vehicles or other helicopters, climb in height, hover, then fire one or two missiles. Then quickly break off the hover and move to another part of the map, this way it allows you to stay undetected, remain stealthy and become a major threat to the enemy team.

Handling radar and surface-to-air missiles, when an enemy missile equipped SPAA is achieving a lock on, you will be notified with red arrows on the screen saying radar. To break the lock start rolling, gaining speed and the arrows will go away. If you are not successful, keep a close watch around the helicopter. At this, you will see white smoke coming from the ground, make very sharp abrupt turns. Change height at the same time while turning and rolling to avoid the missile.


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Compressor Flak jacket Offensive 20 mm Flares
II Helicopter frame New 20 mm cannons M200A1
III Engine Replacing helicopter blades NVD Gun pod M18A1 TOW
IV Cover New 7 mm MGs TOW 4

Pros and cons


  • Great manoeuvrability
  • Very agile, with secondary load outs installed
  • Good secondary weapon loadout
  • IR Thermal vision for cannon/ATGM camera and image intensifier for the pilot/gunner
  • Joystick specific handling characteristics:
    • Easy to recover from adverse roll (retreating blade stall) at high speeds
    • Has SAS mode assistance support (Dampening mode only)
    • Good pitch authority at high speeds


  • Slow takeoff spool-up and acceleration
  • No missile protection
  • No IRCM
  • No air-to-air missiles
  • Poor missile range
  • Somewhat heavy even without additional ordinances,
    • Strong tendency to fall into a vortex ring state
  • Joystick specific handling characteristics:
    • Retains energy rather poorly in turns
    • Rotor RPM tends to drop easily
    • Moderately strong adverse roll (retreating blade stall) at high speeds with poor roll control
    • Has a light tendency to nose over but generally doesn't tend to fall into an inverted spin
    • Moderately poor adverse yaw/roll/pitch stability characteristics
    • Center of gravity sits behind the stub wings' center of lift


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See also

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
  • Agusta A129 Mangusta

External links

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Fuji Heavy Industries, Ltd. (富士重工業株式会社)
Utility  UH-1B Hiyodori*
Attack  AH-1S early* · AH-1S* · AH-1S Kisarazu*
  Fuji Heavy Industries traces its roots to the Nakajima Aircraft Company. At the end of World War II, Nakajima was broken up by the Allied Occupation government, and by 1957 part of the separated company was already known as Fuji Heavy Industries.

Fuji Heavy Industries was renamed to Subaru Corporation from 2017 onward.

See also  Nakajima Aircraft Company (1918-1945) · Bell Aircraft Corporation · Boeing Aircraft

Japan helicopters
Utility  ▅UH-1B
Attack  AH-1S early · AH-1S · AH-1S Kisarazu