AH-1W (China)

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This page is about the Chinese attack helicopter AH-1W (China). For other variants, see AH-1 (Family).
␗AH-1W
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␗AH-1W
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Description

The ␗AH-1W, commonly referred to its nickname 超級眼鏡蛇 (Super Cobra), is one of the main attack helicopters of ROCA as of present. By early 1990s, to upgrade ROCA against any potential risks, Taiwan imported some quantities of AH-1W from US as the main composition of their new attack helicopter brigades in 1992. With new upgrades by 2010s and the abundance of spare parts for up to 12 years, these helicopters are very likely be the main composite of their helicopter fleet alongside with the AH-64E Longbow Apache purchased by early 2010s.

Introduced in Update "Alpha Strike" as the second ROCA helicopter in the Chinese tech-tree, AH-1W again introduce the ROCA alternatives to Chinese helicopter tech tree with some welcomed features such as onboard autocannon for soft targets, AAMs and higher payload with the Hellfire missiles; while it might not be as fast as or effective in terms of air-defense as its PLAGF counterparts, it can still serve as a more flexible alternative to the Z-9 series now with autocannons.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 1 000 m287 km/h
Max altitude6 000 m
Engine2 х General Electric T700-GE-401C
Take-off weight7 t

To further enhance the combat capabilities of the Super Cobra, instead of the standard single-engine on AH-1G/F/S, the Super Cobra has two instead; in this case, two General Electric T700-401 turboshaft engines for the AH-1W variant. This obviously make AH-1W vastly faster than its single-engine cousins and now, faster than its Z-9 Haitun counterparts in PLAGF service; it is heavier than the Z-9 series indeed as a dedicated attack helicopter, but it is not as heavy as "gunships" of Soviet Union/Russia, namely the Hind series.

Characteristics Max speed
(km/h at _,___ m)
Max altitude
(metres)
AB RB
Stock ___ ___ 6000
Upgraded ___ ___

Survivability and armour

MAW
Alerts when an incoming missile is detected, and automatically deploys flares/chaff
IRCM
Protects against IR-guided missiles
Crew2 people
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear420 km/h

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

  • Composite boron carbide- Kevlar 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-1W compensates with its small size compared to the Mi-24 Hinds which are incredibly well armoured but are huge and much less nimble in comparison. However, the AH-1W 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.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB8 404 → 14 328 Sl icon.png
RB3 956 → 6 744 Sl icon.png
SB5 132 → 8 750 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications293 000 Rp icon.png
431 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 700 Ge icon.png
Crew training290 000 Sl icon.png
Experts1 010 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 600 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 010 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
100 / 240 / 320 % Sl icon.png
226 / 226 / 226 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Compressor
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
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Replacing helicopter blades
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine.png
Engine
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
Mods heli flak jacket.png
Flak jacket
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
Mods heli structure.png
Helicopter frame
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine extinguisher.png
EFS
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
24 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
35 000 Sl icon.png
650 Ge icon.png
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MAW
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
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t_160_belt_pack
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
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IRCM
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
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M200A1
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods atgm heli preset.png
TOW-2 4
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods thermal sight.png
NVD
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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t_160_new_gun
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon block rocket large.png
LAU-10/A
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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AGM-114
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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Gun pod GPU-2/A.
Research:
24 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
35 000 Sl icon.png
650 Ge icon.png
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AIM-9L
Research:
24 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
35 000 Sl icon.png
650 Ge icon.png
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AGM-114 2
Research:
24 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
35 000 Sl icon.png
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Armaments

Night vision devices
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.
Thermal imager
Allows to see thermal radiation in the infrared range day and night
Ballistic Computer
CCIP (Guns) CCIP (Rockets) CCIP (Bombs)
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Offensive armament

Main article: M197 (20 mm)

The AH-1W (China) is armed with:

  • A choice between two presets:
    • 1 x 20 mm M197 cannon (750 rpg) + 60 x countermeasures
    • 1 x 20 mm M197 cannon + 60 x countermeasures + IRCM

Suspended armament

Thanks to the FCS upgrade for the AH-1W series, aside from conventional loadouts identical to AH-1S, AH-1W can now carry AAMs like AIM-9L while carrying more advanced fire-and-forget AGM-114B Hellfire, as well as higher caliber Zuni rockets for ground attacks; leaving it more flexible than previous Cobra series.

Default weapon presets
  • Without load
  • 2 x AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles
  • 76 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 16 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
  • 4 x BGM-71D TOW-2 missiles
  • 8 x BGM-71D TOW-2 missiles
  • 4 x AGM-114B Hellfire missiles
  • 8 x AGM-114B Hellfire missiles
  • 4 x 20 mm M197 cannons (300 rpg = 1,200 total)

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Pleasing armaments
    • Fixed autocannon for taking down "soft" targets, a lacking feature for most PLAGF helicopters
    • Powerful AIM-9L for higher kill-probability
    • Sufficient secondary loadout for different tactics
  • TVD for target acquisition
  • More protected than PLAGF counterpart at similar tier
  • IRCM equipment for more survivability
  • Faster than Z-9 series

Cons:

  • Less agile than PLAGF counterparts due to the weight
  • Lacks more advanced optics with high magnification
  • Only two AAMs available which calls for careful, planned launches for best chances
  • Early wire-guided ATGM hinders combat capability

History

By 1990s, ROCA only has UH-1H assembled by AIDC as their fleet of helicopters mostly for transport purpose; in view of the establishment of PLAGF Aviation Corps and modernization of ROCA for the potential outbreak of cross-strait war, ROCA "Army Aviation Command and Training Center" (陸軍航空指揮部暨航空訓練中心) started the introduction of attack helicopters in 1992 alongside with their two new army aviation brigades and their OH-58D. The deal was approved in February with 42 AH-1Ws and further 21 helicopters were delivered in 2001, totaled at 63 helicopters imported from US.

Although two helicopters (515; 526) and 4 of their crews were lost throughout its service in ROCA, due to the extremely high cost to replace all AH-1W with more advanced AH-64E and having sufficient spare parts for up to 12 years of use as disclosed in mid-2010s, the AH-1W will now serve alongside with its long-time partner OH-58D at Taichung Xinshe airfield by the 602nd Aviation Brigade, Army Aviation and Special Forces Command to defend Central Taiwan if the worst scenario happens.

Devblog

As the AH-1 Cobra entered service with the Army, the USMC expressed their interest in acquiring Cobras for their own use. However, these Cobras would have to be twin-engined and possess a more capable primary armament to meet the Marines’ service requirements. Despite initial hesitation from the Department of Defense, the Marines received the go-ahead and proceeded with awarding Bell with a contract to produce 49 AH-1J Sea Cobras in May 1968.

Similarly to the Army, the USMC also perceived the AH-1 as an interim vehicle, until a more suitable replacement could be found. Whilst this replacement would come to the Army in the form of the AH-64 Apache, the USMC’s request to upgrade their fleet with a naval version of the Apache would be met with disapproval by the Congress in 1981, thus forcing the Marines to look into other options. The decision was therefore made to upgrade the existing fleet with new AH-1W Super Cobras, which featured an improved fire control system and the ability to carry more advanced ordnance.

Media

Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

See also

Related development

External links


Bell Aircraft Corporation
Aircraft 
Fighters  P-39N-0 · P-39Q-5
  P-400
  P-63A-10 · P-63A-5 · P-63C-5 · ␠Kingcobra
Jet Fighters  P-59A
Export  ▂P-39K-1 · ▂Pokryshkin's P-39N-0 · ▂P-39Q-15 · ▄P-39Q-25
  ▂P-63A-5 · ▂P-63A-10 · ▂P-63C-5 · ▄P-63C-5
Helicopters 
Attack  AH-1F · AH-1G · AH-1Z · AH-1W
  OH-58D
Utility  UH-1B · UH-1C · UH-1C XM-30
Export/Licensed  ▅UH-1B · ◄UH-1D
  Tzefa A · Tzefa B · Tzefa D/E · ▅AH-1S early · ▅AH-1S · ▅AH-1S Kisarazu · ␗AH-1W
  ␗OH-58D
See Also  Fuji Heavy Industries · Agusta

China helicopters
Attack/Utility  Z-9W · Z-9WA · Z-10 · Z-11WA · Z-19 · Z-19E
  ␗OH-58D (USA)
Attack  ␗AH-1W (USA)
Utility  SA.342L Gazelle (France)