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| about = gift Japanese attack helicopter '''{{PAGENAME}}'''
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| about = Japanese attack helicopter '''{{PAGENAME}}'''
 
| usage = other uses
 
| link = AH-1 (Family)
 
 
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== Description ==
 
== Description ==
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[[File:GarageImage_{{PAGENAME}}.jpg|620px|thumb|left]]
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The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a premium rank {{Specs|rank}} Japanese attack helicopter {{Battle-rating}}. It was introduced in [[Update 1.89 "Imperial Navy"]]. It was removed from the store after the [[wt:en/news/6924-shop-war-thunder-birthday-sale-in-gaijin-net-store-en|8th Anniversary Sale]], and reintroduced in [[Update "Hot Tracks"]] as a premium purchasable in-game for Golden Eagles {{ge}}.
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The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a gift rank {{Specs|rank}} Japanese attack helicopter {{Battle-rating}}. In addition, the '''{{Specs|name}}''' is the first vehicle in the game to feature a female flight crew. This helicopter was introduced in [[Update 1.89 "Imperial Navy"]].
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The '''{{Specs|name}}''' comes with a unique skin of the Kisarazu Sisters, whom started from the original character draft created by a personnel of the 4th Anti-Tank Helicopter Unit of the Ground Self-Defense Forces Kisarazu Camp, located in Kisarazu, Chiba Prefecture in Japan. These special illustrations were brought to life by a professional illustrator Takashi Fujisawa, in order to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 4th Anti-Tank Helicopter Unit.
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In addition, the '''{{Specs|name}}''' is the first vehicle in the game to feature a female flight crew. Both females have a unique model and are part of the 4th ATH and one of which is cosplaying as one of the sisters, Kisarazu Wakana (木更津 若菜).
  
 
== General info ==
 
== General info ==
=== Flight Performance ===
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=== Flight performance ===
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The AH-1S is a single turboshaft T53-L-703 power plant, it provides up to 1300 BHP & 210 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 (maximum tested speed is up to 295 km/h in RB).  
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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 (maximum tested speed is up to 295 km/h in RB).
  
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="4" | Characteristics
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! rowspan="2" | Characteristics
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! colspan="4" | ''Stock''
 
|-
 
 
! colspan="2" | Max Speed<br>(km/h at 1,000 m)
 
! colspan="2" | Max Speed<br>(km/h at 1,000 m)
! rowspan="2" | Max altitude<br>(meters)
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! rowspan="2" | Max altitude<br>(metres)
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! AB
 
! RB
 
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|266||259|| {{Specs|ceiling}}
 
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! colspan="4" | ''Upgraded''
 
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="2" | Max Speed<br>(km/h at 1,000 m)
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! AB !! RB
! rowspan="2" | Max altitude<br>(meters)
 
 
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! Stock
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| 255 || 243 || rowspan="2" | {{Specs|ceiling}}
 
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|288||277|| {{Specs|ceiling}}
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! Upgraded
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| 295 || 277
 
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|-
 
|}
 
|}
  
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
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The AH-1S is an armoured attack helicopter offering protection to the crew and engine:
 
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.
 
* 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.  
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* 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.
 
* 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_(Family)|Mi-24 Hind's]] 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: fuel tanks, transmission, propeller shaft & control surfaces with armour plating. Nor does it have armoured glass installed around the cockpit.  
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The AH-1S compensates with its small and nimble size compared to the [[Mi-24_(Family)|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.
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=== Modifications and economy ===
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{{Specs-Economy}}
  
 
== Armaments ==
 
== Armaments ==
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{{Specs-Heli-Armaments}}
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! colspan="3" | [[Ballistic Computer]]
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! CCIP (Guns) !! CCIP (Rockets) !! CCIP (Bombs)
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| {{Cross}} || {{Tick}} || {{Cross}}
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=== Offensive armament ===
 
=== Offensive armament ===
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{{Specs-Heli-Offensive}}
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{{main|M197 (20 mm)}}
 
{{main|M197 (20 mm)}}
  
 
The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' is armed with:
 
The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' is armed with:
  
* 1 x 20 mm M197 cannon (750 rpg = 750 total)
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* 1 x 20 mm M197 cannon (750 rpg)
  
 
=== Suspended armament ===
 
=== Suspended armament ===
[[File:AH1S_Arm.jpg|320px|thumb|right|The '''{{PAGENAME}}''' In-flight, Being redirected to a combat zone]]
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{{Specs-Heli-Suspended}}
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{{main|FFAR Mighty Mouse|BGM-71 TOW|M134 Minigun (7.62 mm)}}
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[[File:AH1S_Arm.jpg|320px|thumb|right|The '''{{PAGENAME}}''' in-flight, being redirected to a combat zone]]
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{{main|BGM-71 TOW-2|FFAR Mighty Mouse|M134 Minigun (7.62 mm)}}
  
The AH-1S offers a wide range of choice for secondary armament, up to 12 choices:
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The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
  
*Without load
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* Without load
*28 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
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* 28 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
*76 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
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* 76 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
*2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine gun
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* 2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine guns (1,500 rpg = 3,000 total)
*2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine gun & 14 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
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* 2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine guns + 14 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
*2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine gun & 38 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
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* 2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine guns + 38 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
*4 x BGM-71 TOW missiles
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* 4 x BGM-71 TOW-2 missiles
*8 x BGM-71 TOW missiles
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* 8 x BGM-71 TOW-2 missiles
*4 x BGM-71 TOW missiles & 38 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
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* 4 x BGM-71 TOW-2 missiles + 38 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
*8 x BGM-71 TOW missiles & 38 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
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* 8 x BGM-71 TOW-2 missiles + 38 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
*4 x BGM-71 TOW missiles & 2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine gun
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* 2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine guns + 4 x BGM-71 TOW-2 missiles
*8 x BGM-71 TOW missiles & 2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine gun
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* 2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine guns + 8 x BGM-71 TOW-2 missiles
  
 
== Usage in battles ==
 
== Usage in battles ==
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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 of 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.  
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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.
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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.  
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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.
  
{{Notice|Remember you only have around one and a half miles before the missiles will denote by them self, you can only select to carry either 4 or 8 BG-71 Tow missiles.|!}}  
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{{Notice|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.  
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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 flairs 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.  
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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.
{{Notice|These are the biggest threats to you in battle since they can carry air-to-air missiles|!!}}  
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{{Notice|These are the biggest threats to you in battle since they can carry air-to-air missiles|!!}}
  
*[[AH-1Z|AH-1Z Viper]]
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* [[AH-1Z|AH-1Z Viper]]
*[[Mi-24P|Mi-24P Hind]]  
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* [[Mi-24P|Mi-24P Hind]]
*[[Mi-24V|Mi-24V Hind]]
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* [[Mi-24V|Mi-24V Hind]]
*[[SA.341F_Gazelle|SA.341F Gazelle]]
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* [[SA.341F_Gazelle|SA.341F Gazelle]]
*[[SA.342M_Gazelle|SA.342M Gazelle]]
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* [[SA.342M_Gazelle|SA.342M Gazelle]]
  
{{Notice|You may even be able to shoot down missiles with the installed 20 mm triple rotary M197 cannon.|!}}  
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{{Notice|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!
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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====
 
====Ground forces====
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[[File:AH1fS_Gunner_view.jpg|620px|thumb|right]] <!--class=dynamic_image]] - not sure what this was supposed to do for the image, was the image supposed to span the viewable page?-->
  
Playing the AH-1S in ground forces, it is recommended to load up the 8x BG-71 Tow missiles & 38x FFAR Might 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 Might mouse missiles, which can cause a lot of damage and could potentially terminate up to 38 tanks with well-placed shots.  
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Playing the AH-1S in ground forces, it is recommended to load up the 8 x BGM-71 TOW-2 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 utilise 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.  
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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.
 
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.
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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.  
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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.
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{{Notice|Keep a close watch out for aircraft and other attack helicopters!|!!!}}
 
{{Notice|Keep a close watch out for aircraft and other attack helicopters!|!!!}}
 
===Modules===
 
{| class="wikitable"
 
! colspan="1" | Tier
 
! colspan="2" | Flight performance
 
! colspan="1" | Survivability
 
! colspan="2" | Weaponry
 
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| I
 
| Compressor
 
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| Flack jacket
 
| Offensive 20 mm belts
 
|Flares
 
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| II
 
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| Helicopter frame
 
| New 20 mm cannons
 
| M200A1
 
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| III
 
| Engine
 
| Replacing helicopter blades
 
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| Gun pod M18A1
 
| TOW
 
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| IV
 
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| Cover
 
| New 7 mm MGs
 
| TOW 4
 
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=== Pros and cons ===
 
=== Pros and cons ===
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'''Pros:'''
 
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* No IRCM
 
* No IRCM
 
* No air-to-air missiles
 
* No air-to-air missiles
* Poor missile range of 3km (TOW missiles)
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* Poor missile range of 3.75km (TOW-2 missiles)
 
* Somewhat heavy even without additional ordinances,
 
* Somewhat heavy even without additional ordinances,
** Strong tendancy to fall into a vortex ring state
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** Strong tendency to fall into a vortex ring state
 
* Joystick specific handling characteristics:
 
* Joystick specific handling characteristics:
 
** Retains energy rather poorly in turns<!-- compared to the UH-1D, Mi-24 A/V, Ka-50 and Allouette II -->
 
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** Has a light tendency to nose over but generally doesn't tend to fall into an inverted spin
 
** 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
 
** Moderately poor adverse yaw/roll/pitch stability characteristics
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** Center of gravity sits behind the stub wings' center of lift<!-- flight model error? It's significant enough that I can feel it! Generally speaking this is a significant issue in aircraft design -->
  
 
== History ==
 
== History ==
The AH-1S Kisarazu is an AH-1S Step III of the JASDF, manufactured under license by Fuji Heavy Industries. It is similar to the American AH-1F, except that it lacks systems as the infrared jammer, chaff/flare dispensers, and laser rangefinder found on it.  
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The AH-1S Kisarazu is an AH-1S Step III of the JGSDF, manufactured under license by Fuji Heavy Industries. It is similar to the American AH-1F, except that it lacks systems as the infrared jammer, chaff/flare dispensers, and laser rangefinder found on it.
  
 
== Media ==
 
== Media ==
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;Images
 
;Images
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;Videos
 
;Videos
{{Youtube-gallery|OTnBvnPloN0|'''Premium Vehicles - AH-1S Kisarazu''' - ''War Thunder Wiki''}}
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{{Youtube-gallery|1zlt_uBS6KE|'''The Shooting Range #157''' - ''Metal Beasts'' section at 00:39 discusses the AH-1S Kisarazu.|OTnBvnPloN0|'''Premium Vehicles - AH-1S Kisarazu''' - ''War Thunder Wiki''}}
  
 
== See also ==
 
== See also ==
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;Related development
 
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== External links ==
 
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* [[wt:en/news/6223-shop-the-japanese-cobra-available-for-purchase-en|[Shop<nowiki>]</nowiki> The Japanese “Cobra” available for purchase!]]
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* [[wt:en/news/6223-shop-the-japanese-cobra-available-for-purchase-en|[Shop] The Japanese "Cobra" available for purchase!]]
  
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Description

The AH-1S Kisarazu is a premium rank VI Japanese attack helicopter with a battle rating of 9.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.89 "Imperial Navy". It was removed from the store after the 8th Anniversary Sale, and reintroduced in Update "Hot Tracks" as a premium purchasable in-game for Golden Eagles Ge icon.png.

The AH-1S Kisarazu comes with a unique skin of the Kisarazu Sisters, whom started from the original character draft created by a personnel of the 4th Anti-Tank Helicopter Unit of the Ground Self-Defense Forces Kisarazu Camp, located in Kisarazu, Chiba Prefecture in Japan. These special illustrations were brought to life by a professional illustrator Takashi Fujisawa, in order to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 4th Anti-Tank Helicopter Unit.

In addition, the AH-1S Kisarazu is the first vehicle in the game to feature a female flight crew. Both females have a unique model and are part of the 4th ATH and one of which is cosplaying as one of the sisters, Kisarazu Wakana (木更津 若菜).

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 1 000 m277 km/h
Max altitude3 475 m
EngineLycoming Engines T53-L-703 turboshaft
Power1 300 hp
Take-off weight5 t

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 (maximum tested speed is up to 295 km/h in RB).

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 1,000 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
AB RB
Stock 255 243 3475
Upgraded 295 277

Survivability and armour

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

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.

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB890 Sl icon.png
RB2 000 Sl icon.png
SB1 700 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts1 640 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 400 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 900 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 100 / 250 / 280 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 220 / 220 / 220 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Compressor
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Engine
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Replacing helicopter blades
Mods heli flak jacket.png
Flak jacket
Mods heli structure.png
Helicopter frame
Mods thermal sight.png
NVD
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Mods ammo.png
t_160_belt_pack
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods heli false thermal targets.png
Flares/Chaff
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t_160_new_gun
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M200A1
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods gunpods.png
Gun pod M18A1
Mod arrow 0.png
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TOW-2
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M163_Minigun_new_gun
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TOW-2 4

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)
Icon RedXCross.png Icon GreenCheckmark.png Icon RedXCross.png

Offensive armament

Ammunition750 rounds
Fire rate1 500 shots/min
Main article: M197 (20 mm)

The AH-1S Kisarazu is armed with:

  • 1 x 20 mm M197 cannon (750 rpg)

Suspended armament

Number of setups11
List of setups
Setup 128 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 276 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 32 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine gun
(ammunition: 3 000 rounds)
Setup 42 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine gun
(ammunition: 3 000 rounds)
14 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 52 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine gun
(ammunition: 3 000 rounds)
38 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 64 x BGM-71D TOW-2 missiles
Setup 78 x BGM-71D TOW-2 missiles
Setup 84 x BGM-71D TOW-2 missiles
38 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 98 x BGM-71D TOW-2 missiles
38 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 104 x BGM-71D TOW-2 missiles
2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine gun
(ammunition: 3 000 rounds)
Setup 118 x BGM-71D TOW-2 missiles
2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine gun
(ammunition: 3 000 rounds)
The AH-1S Kisarazu in-flight, being redirected to a combat zone

The AH-1S Kisarazu 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)
  • 2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine guns + 14 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine guns + 38 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 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
  • 2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine guns + 4 x BGM-71 TOW-2 missiles
  • 2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine guns + 8 x BGM-71 TOW-2 missiles

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

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Playing the AH-1S in ground forces, it is recommended to load up the 8 x BGM-71 TOW-2 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.

Msg-info.png Keep a close watch out for aircraft and other attack helicopters!

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Great manoeuvrability
  • Very agile, with secondary load outs installed
  • Good secondary weapon loadout
  • Increased research points + silver lion gain
  • IR Thermal vision for cannon/ATGM camera and image intensifier for the pilot/gunner
  • Fully spaded, all modules and armaments unlocked
  • 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

Cons:

  • Slow takeoff spool-up and acceleration
  • No missile protection
  • No IRCM
  • No air-to-air missiles
  • Poor missile range of 3.75km (TOW-2 missiles)
  • 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

History

The AH-1S Kisarazu is an AH-1S Step III of the JGSDF, manufactured under license by Fuji Heavy Industries. It is similar to the American AH-1F, except that it lacks systems as the infrared jammer, chaff/flare dispensers, and laser rangefinder found on it.

Media

Images
Videos

See also

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

External links


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*
  AH-64DJP*
  *Licensed
  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
  AH-64DJP