Tzefa A

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AV-8A Harrier Pack
This page is about the Israeli attack helicopter Tzefa A. For other versions, see AH-1 (Family).
Tzefa A
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Tzefa A
AB RB SB
8.7 8.0 8.0
Research:Free
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Description

During the Yom Kippur War of 1973, Israel saw a gap in their doctrine and armament. They realized that they lacked fast response units and that helicopters could be the way to go. The first batch of AH-1s (called Tzefa in Hebrew) arrived at Israel in 1977. During its early days, the Tzefa saw most of its actions in Lebanon, suppressing enemy uprisings, countering enemy armour and attacking entrenched infantry in buildings and fortifications. They also saw extensive use against Syria in the 1982 Lebanon War where several trucks and tanks were destroyed. The Tzefa had no modifications over the American AH-1G, but was upgraded over the years up to the Tzefa E variant. This helicopters were eventually fitted with TOW ATGMs and due to the US arms embargo they were used alongside MD-500 Defenders (Lahatut).

Introduced in Update "Danger Zone", the AH-1G Tzefa A has the same exact model and performance of the American AH-1G, thus they have the same performance. It's a fast helicopter, at its BR, it's quite agile but it lacks ATGMs unlike many helicopters. Instead of that, it only has access to rocket pods without ballistics computers. It also has 2 x 7.62 mm minguns and a 20 mm rotary cannon, but those are not very useful even against lightly armored targets. In Arcade Battles, the helicopter can be a little hard to level up, it could be used against enemy columns and positions but SPAA is very lethal at short ranges, so it's a good idea waiting for slower helicopters armed with ATGMs to take them out. In ground RB or SB, the Tzefa A can rush the frontline really quickly, and destroy a few targets if its flown with careful planning. Since SPAA can destroy you in a single salvo, it's a good idea using buildings and hills as cover and get close while the enemy is not engaging you.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 1 000 m277 km/h
Max altitude3 475 m
EngineLycoming Engines T53-L-13
Power1 100 hp
Take-off weight4 t

The Tzefa A has a relatively slow climb rate, descent speed, and mediocre acceleration. In order to accelerate quickly, you need to tip the nose of the helicopter almost perpendicular to the ground. The manoeuvrability is also quite descent at high speeds, having good control. However, something to note is that when trying to suddenly stop the helicopter, if you tip the nose up, you will start to roll to one side. This essentially eliminates the ability for this helicopter to stop quickly. Keep that in mind when flying this vehicle. There are several weapon selections for this vehicle. This includes a 20 mm cannon, 2 x 7.62 mm machine guns, 28 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets, or 76 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 1,000 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
AB RB
Stock 258 245 3475
Upgraded 296 277

Survivability and armour

Crew2 people
Speed of destruction
Structural450 km/h
Gear420 km/h

This helicopter is quite resilient when it comes to being hit. Being how skinny it is, it is quite hard to hit, especially when moving at high speeds. The pilot and gunner are secured in two separate cockpits in the front of the helicopter with 20 mm of kevlar protection for the crew. The most vulnerable part of the helicopter is the engine and tail. Being shot in these two vital places is almost guaranteed to send you back to the respawn screen. Being shot in the engine significantly decreases your flight performance which can lead to a crash due to terrain. Also, being shot in the tail will probably take out your tail control. With no tail control, you spin out of control and you'll crash.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB8 295 → 12 566 Sl icon.png
RB2 393 → 3 625 Sl icon.png
SB3 609 → 5 467 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications112 900 Rp icon.png
208 500 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 100 Ge icon.png
Crew training110 000 Sl icon.png
Experts390 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 700 Ge icon.png
Research Aces720 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
100 / 300 / 430 % Sl icon.png
196 / 196 / 196 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Compressor
Research:
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Cost:
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Replacing helicopter blades
Research:
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Cost:
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370 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
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Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
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Flak jacket
Research:
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Cost:
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200 Ge icon.png
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Helicopter frame
Research:
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Cost:
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EFS
Research:
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Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
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Cover
Research:
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Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
520 Ge icon.png
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M163_Minigun_new_gun
Research:
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Cost:
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200 Ge icon.png
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Gun pod M18A1
Research:
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Cost:
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M200A1
Research:
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Cost:
8 500 Sl icon.png
200 Ge icon.png
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M129
Research:
8 500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png
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Gun pod XM-35
Research:
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Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
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NVD
Research:
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Cost:
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grenade_launcher_M129_new_gun
Research:
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Cost:
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ah_1g_xm35_belt_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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Armaments

Night vision devices
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.

Offensive armament

The Tzefa A is armed with:

  • A choice between two presets:
    • 2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine guns (4,000 rpg = 8,000 total)
    • 2 x 40 mm M129 cannons (300 rpg = 600 total)

There are essentially three options for offensive armaments. A 20 mm cannon, 2 x 7.62 machine guns, or FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets. The 20 mm cannons are good for dealing with light vehicles and IFVs. The 7.62 mm is good if you wish to defend yourself against open-top vehicles or planes, and the FFAR rockets are good for destroying tanks. Most of the time, you'll take the FFAR rockets into battle. These rockets are unguided, which means you'll need to "spam" them in order to hit a target.

Suspended armament

The Tzefa A can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

1 2 3 4
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20 mm M195 cannons (950 rpg) 1
7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine guns (1,500 rpg) 1 1
FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets 7, 19 7, 19 7, 19 7, 19
Default weapon presets
  • 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)
  • 1 x 20 mm M195 cannon (950 rpg)

Usage in battles

The Tzefa A is a quite low profile helicopter. This means you can easily "sneak" around the battlefield almost unseen. Your best element in this helicopter is the element of surprise. Try not to linger too long in any specific area, or you'll most definitely be shot down. Another tactic is to simply run straight into the battlefield at a low altitude, high speed, and "boom n zoom". Using this tactic is much riskier as you are most prone to being fired upon, but it also offers a quicker disengagement. The most dangerous enemies you'll encounter are the Gepard, Strela, and most AA at this BR. The best way to kill these targets is to fly low to the ground, and flank around to their side and shoot them.

In summary, the Tzefa A should be played cautiously. With correct usage, it can wreak havoc on the enemy team. Be careful when you come into contact with enemy AA, as you are very vulnerable in certain spots. Try to avoid getting shot in the engine and tail as those are vital to the flight of your helicopter. As you engage targets, make sure you always have a plan to disengage quickly in case things go wrong. Use the low profile of the helicopter to your advantage to "sneak" around and only pop up when you're about to strike.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • High manoeuvrability
  • Lots of rockets
  • Low profile makes it a small target to hit
  • The airframe is very resilient
  • High speed

Cons:

  • Being shot in the engine/tail is almost guaranteed to knock the helicopter out
  • Low climb rate
  • Cannot stop quickly if needed

History

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See also

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External links

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See Also  Fuji Heavy Industries · Agusta

Israel helicopters
Attack 
MD 500  Lahatut
Battle Hawk  AH-60
Cobra  Tzefa D/E · Tzefa A · Tzefa B
Apache  Saraph · Peten · AH-64A Peten