AH-1Z

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AH-1Z
ah_1z.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
10.0/10.0/10.0BR
2 peopleCrew
5.6 tEmpty weight
8.6 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
6 000 mCeiling
2 х General Electric T700-GE-401C turboshaftEngine
Speed of destruction
460 km/hStructural
420 km/hGear
Offensive armament
20 mm M197 cannonWeapon 1
750 roundsAmmunition
1 500 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
40 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
4 x BGM-71 TOW-2 missilesSetup 12
8 x BGM-71 TOW-2 missilesSetup 13
4 x BGM-71 TOW-2 missiles
38 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 14
8 x BGM-71 TOW-2 missiles
38 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 15
4 x BGM-71 TOW-2 missiles
2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine gun
Setup 16
8 x BGM-71 TOW-2 missiles
2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine gun
Setup 17
16 x BGM-71 TOW missilesSetup 18
16 x BGM-71 TOW-2 missilesSetup 19
8 x AGM-114B Hellfire missilesSetup 20
8 x AGM-114B Hellfire missiles
2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine gun
Setup 21
8 x AGM-114B Hellfire missiles
38 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 22
16 x AGM-114B Hellfire missilesSetup 23
Economy
390 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
1 010 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png11 000 / 13 463/9 400 / 11 505/6 770 / 8 286Repair
290 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
1 010 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2 600 Ge icon.pngAces
x 2.26 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the American attack helicopter AH-1Z. For other uses, see AH-1 (Family).

Description

The AH-1Z in the garage


The AH-1Z is a rank VI American attack helicopter with a battle rating of 10.0 (AB/RB/SB). This helicopter was introduced in Update 1.81 "The Valkyries".

General info

Flight Performance

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at 1,000 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
AB RB
394 383 6 000
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at 1,000 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
AB RB
426 411 6 000

Survivability and armour

Examine the survivability of the helicopter. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, how many engines the vehicle has. Describe the armour, if there is any, also mention the vulnerability of other critical aircraft systems.

Armaments

Offensive armament

Main article: M197 (20 mm)

The AH-1Z is outfitted with the following offensive weapons:

1 x 20 mm M197 Minigun (750 total rounds)

Suspended armament

The AH-1Z 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 gun
  • 2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine gun & 14 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine gun & 40 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 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 gun
  • 8 x BGM-71 TOW missiles & 2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine gun
  • 4 x BGM-71 TOW-2 missiles
  • 8 x BGM-71 TOW-2 missiles
  • 4 x BGM-71 TOW-2 missiles & 38 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 8 x BGM-71 TOW-2 missiles & 38 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 4 x BGM-71 TOW-2 missiles & 2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine gun
  • 8 x BGM-71 TOW-2 missiles & 2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine gun
  • 16 x BGM-71 TOW missiles
  • 16 x BGM-71 TOW-2 missiles
  • 8 x AGM-114B Hellfire missiles
  • 8 x AGM-114B Hellfire missiles & 2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine gun
  • 8 x AGM-114B Hellfire missiles & 38 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 16 x AGM-114B Hellfire missiles

Usage in battles

Using the AH-1Z viper after the AH-1F requires learning time, the playstyle between this and the AH-1F has some unique differences such as ammunition, views and overall playstyle.

The AH-1Z is an attack helicopter, it does this role very well, in-fact it is one of the best attack helicopters in the game, with speed up to 411 Km/h (255 MPH). The AH-1Z offers a large array of ordnance selections, from Miniguns, Rockets, TOW, TOW-2 and Hellfire missiles. In addition, the AH-1Z Can carry a combination of missiles, rockets or mini-guns together. To get one of the best configurations, is specialise in what you want to do air protection or ground attack either way this attack helicopter can do it.

To utilise the AH-1Z viper, make sure to adjust the tactics to the map, for example maps, with rocks and hilly terrain, stay low and use it as cover whilst you get to into a position which will allow you to dominate the battlefield. For maps which are open and flat, climb to a high altitude and assess the situation, just make sure to scan the map and not get fixed on a location.

The AH-1Z has three main playstyles, the playstyles of this attack helicopter are focused around dominating in the following roles: Air Protection/Support, Medium & Close Range and Long Range.

However, the AH-1F does have one drawback, due to the increase in size changes to the center of gravity in high pitch and tight turns, it possible to lose control. It is advisable to always counteract by keeping the noise of the helicopter level or to lessen the turn radius. If required to do one, such as evading surface to air missiles, make sure that there is enough room to recover the helicopter in – ideally at least 1000 feet and make sure to increase the pitch of the blades to a 100% adjust for yawing.

Close/medium Range

The AH-1Z offers a combination of wing mounted ordnance and ordnance packages which are available from TOW, TOW-2, Rocket pods, Machine guns.

The AH-1Z has the BGM-71 TOW and BGM-71 TOW-2 ATGM missile systems which perform very well. The BGM-71 TOW-2. The BGM-71 TOW-2 is faster than the BGM-71 TOW And in addition it contains a higher explosive amount. Nevertheless, both versions of the TOW missile system are able to be very decisive in combat, it is ideal to use the BGM-71 TOW-2 system over the BGM-71 TOW since it is a better system, due to its higher explosive and speed.

It can carry up to 16 TOW or TOW-2 missiles, that is enough lethality to terminate up to 16 emery units. The TOW missiles work in the same way as on the other series of cobra attack helicopters, they are able to hit, fast and hard. Combined with the speed of the AH-1Z, these make a lethal combination. The AH-1Z can find a great tactical location, engage the targets and knock them out of the fight without them even knowing.

An AH-1Z also can carry additional ordnances which are wing mounted only, these are rocket pods & machine guns or a combination of Hellfire’s, TOW’s, Rockets & machine guns. The rockets are standard FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets which are equipped on the version of the cobra’s and hugey helicopters. A good choice of combined ordnance are Mighty mouse and TOWs or just mighty mouse. That way you can increase the engagement range when you are flying in combat after consuming all the tow missiles or getting at close range and blasting the enemy with mighty mouse rockets which will cause a lot of damage and could destroy up to 76 enemy units

Long Range - Hellfire missiles

To utilise the long-range performance of the AH-1Z, hover outside of the combat zone. It is important that you check and make sure that there are no threats in the vicinity which could shoot you down. Once the combat zone has been declared safe from vehicles which could destroy you. Increase altitude, until you have a good visual on the objectives. Hover the helicopter, change the view to the gun camera and locate a target ground vehicle and fire! The hellfire missiles offer up to 1100mm of penetration with a speed of 475 meters per second.

Firing the hellfire missiles, you will notice that you cannot see them compared to the previous TOW missiles. This is normal, you need to keep the laser designator on the target. On the Hud, left-hand side, you will see a countdown, it takes 10 seconds for the missile to hit the target. When the hellfire gets close to the target you will see the rocket, this where you can adjust the missile trajectory.

It is very important that after a few hellfire missile launches that, you disengage the hover and locate to another part of the battle zone. Performing this action will substantially reduce the chances of being shot down by emery vehicles.

One of the drawbacks of the Hellfire missiles is, at close range they cannot engage a target, due to how the hellfires are launched from the wing racks. The hellfire missile, drops from the wing rack, engages the rocket motor and immediately ascend in height, making it impossible to track from launch.

Msg-info.png The hellfire missiles require time to adapt, however once learnt they become one of the most potent missiles in the game.

Air Protection/support

Best role armament selection: Sidewinder missiles and machine guns

An AH-1Z Viper, offers a unique capabilities compared to any other helicopter on the battlefield! It can be equipped with sidewinder air to air missiles. The sidewinder missiles provide great capacity to shoot down up to two enemy aircraft. They can shoot down other rotary-wing aircraft (helicopters) or fixed-wing aircraft (airplanes). The missiles can also be equipped with the additional payloads, such as hellfire, tow missile, machine gun and rocket pod configurations, providing a versatile offensive and defensive solution.

The AH-1Z can outmanoeuvre and can outperform, many of the rivals in air to air combat. The AH-1Z has a triple rotary m197 cannon with 750 rounds. Combined with a twin 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine gun, which also has 1500 Rounds per gun. That’s 3000 rounds plus the 750 rounds that’s 3750 Rounds of ammunition! Then the wing mounted AIM-9L sidewinder missiles which are installed on both wings. To attack other helicopters with the sidewinders, come in the from the side or rear – get a lock on and fire one of the sidewinder missiles! Bang the enemy aircraft explodes.

To attack using the cannon and mini-guns, line up with the foe, come in fast and slow down – align your angle of attack with the side of the enemy, this will be the best chance of success since the enemy unit has exposed the largest elements of the airframe to your firepower. Aim for the critical components such as cockpit, engine, fuel tanks and rear rotator elements.


Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Compressor Flak jacket Offensive 20 mm TOW Flares
II Helicopter frame New 20 mm cannons TOW-2 AIM-9 M261
III Engine Gun pod XM-18 TOW 4 TOW-2 4 AGM-114
IV Replacing helicopter blades Cover New 7 mm MGs TOW 8 TOW-2 8 AGM-114 2

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Can carry up to 16 TOW ATGMs (TOW-2 with modification)
  • Flares
  • One of the fastest helicopters in the game
  • Can carry air-to-air missiles to take down aircraft
  • Excellent ground attack capabilities.

Cons:

  • Weak airframe can be taken down even by roof-mounted MGs from enemy tanks.
  • Cannon fodder for dedicated SPAAGs
  • Very slow, easy target for SPAAs and aircraft
  • Priority target for the enemy team as you are extremely dangerous
  • No armor whatsoever.

History

In 1996, the USMC launched the H-1 program in cooperation with the Bell company. The H-1 program was a plan to upgrade and modernize the Navy’s existing fleets of AH-1 and UH-1 helicopters, in order to extend their service life and lower future operating costs. This was achieved by developing a new version of each helicopter model respectively. The new AH-1Z Viper, also known as “ZuluCobra”, received upgraded avionics, fire control systems, engines and an improved four-blade rotor system, among other improvements. Furthermore, both the new Viper and UH-1Y were designed in a way to use mostly identical parts, achieving the desired reduction in operating costs and ease of maintenance as a result. The AH-1Z Viper conducted its maiden flight in December 2000, with three prototypes being built for testing in 2002. Small-scale production began in 2003 before the Viper was approved for full-scale production in November 2010. The USMC has ordered for 189 Vipers to be delivered to the fleet by 2021, with only a few dozen machines being in service today.

- From Devblog

Media

An excellent addition to the article will be video guides, as well as screenshots from the game and photos.

See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links


USA helicopters
Attack  AH-1G · AH-1F · AH-1Z
Utility  UH-1B · UH-1C · UH-1C XM-30