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{{Specs-Card|code=ah_1z}}
 
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{{Notice|''This page is about the aircraft '''{{PAGENAME}}'''. For other uses, see [[AH-1_(Disambiguation)|AH-1 (Disambiguation)]]''}}
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| link = AH-1 (Family)
 
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== Description ==
 
== Description ==
 
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[[File:GarageImage_{{PAGENAME}}.jpg|420px|thumb|left|The '''{{PAGENAME}}''' in the garage]]
 
[[File:GarageImage_{{PAGENAME}}.jpg|420px|thumb|left|The '''{{PAGENAME}}''' in the garage]]
 
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The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a rank {{Specs|rank}} American attack helicopter {{Battle-rating}}. This helicopter was introduced in [[Update 1.81 "The Valkyries"]].
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The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a Rank {{Specs|rank}} American attack helicopter {{Battle-rating|1}}. This helicopter was introduced in [[Update_1.81_"The_Valkyries"|Update 1.81 "The Valkyries"]].  
 
 
 
== General info ==
 
== General info ==
 
=== Flight Performance ===
 
=== Flight Performance ===
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! rowspan="2" | Wing-break speed<br>(km/h)
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=== Survivability and armour ===
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
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* 12 mm steel - engine
 
* 20 mm composite boron-carbide - pilot/gunner seats
 
* 12 mm steel - pilot seat
 
  
When fighting the AH-1Z, it is always a good bet to get the "High Ground" or altitude advantage of this vehicle. Try to strafe it and get around to its blinds spot, as it can't use the tail rotor effectively when moving, and will yaw and flip when making a strong attempt to turn-on-target. Always aim for the cockpit, as one the gunner is knocked out the turret becomes unusable. When coming up against a Zulu with gun pods, or and secondary weapons (Especially the lethal AIM-9L), know that the pilot can still fire these even if the Gunner in knocked out. However, it is unlikely that a Zulu will take a gun pod over a full missile rack.
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* No armour plating
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* No armour glazing
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* Critical components located at the front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
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* More fuel tanks located in wings near the fuselage
  
 
== Armaments ==
 
== Armaments ==
 
=== Offensive armament ===
 
=== Offensive armament ===
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{{main|M197 (20 mm)}}
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{{main|MAC 1934 (7.5 mm)}}
 
 
The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' is outfitted with the following offensive weapons:
 
 
 
1 x 20 mm M197 Minigun (750 total rounds)
 
 
 
=== Suspended armament ===
 
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{{main|Hydra-70 M247|AGM-114B Hellfire|BGM-71 TOW-2|BGM-71 TOW|M134 Minigun (7.62 mm)}}
 
  
The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
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The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' is armed with:
  
* Without load
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* 4 x 7.5 mm [[MAC 1934 (7.5 mm)|MAC 1934]] machine guns (300 rpg = 1,200 total)
* 76 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets
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* 2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine guns
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* 38 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets + 2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine guns
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* 4 x BGM-71 TOW missiles
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* 8 x BGM-71 TOW missiles
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=== Defensive armament ===
* 38 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets + 8 x BGM-71 TOW missiles
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* 4 x BGM-71 TOW missiles + 2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine guns
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* 8 x BGM-71 TOW missiles + 2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine guns
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== Usage in the battles ==
* 4 x BGM-71 TOW-2 missiles
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* 8 x BGM-71 TOW-2 missiles
 
* 38 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets + 4 x BGM-71 TOW-2 missiles
 
* 38 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets + 8 x BGM-71 TOW-2 missiles
 
* 4 x BGM-71 TOW-2 missiles + 2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine guns
 
* 8 x BGM-71 TOW-2 missiles + 2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine guns
 
* 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 guns
 
* 38 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets + 8 x AGM-114B Hellfire missiles
 
* 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 kph (255 mph).  The AH-1Z offers a large array of ordnance selections, from mini-guns, 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, specialize in what you want to do, air protection or ground attack, either way, this attack helicopter can do it.  
 
 
 
To utilize 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 centre of gravity in high pitch and tight turns, it is possible to lose control. It is advisable to always counteract by keeping the nose 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 enemy 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 Cobras and Huey helicopters. A good choice of combined ordnance are Mighty Mouse and TOW's 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 utilize 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 relocate to another part of the battle zone. Performing this action will substantially reduce the chances of being shot down by enemy 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 then engages the rocket motor and immediately ascend in height, making it impossible to track from launch. 
 
 
 
{{Notice|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 set of 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 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 mini-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 yield the best chance of success since the enemy unit has exposed the largest elements of the air-frame to your firepower. Aim for the critical components such as cockpit, engine, fuel tanks and rear rotor elements.
 
  
  
 
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| I
 
| I
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| Fuselage Repair
| Flak jacket
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| Radiator
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| II
 
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| Compressor
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| Airframe
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| Wings Repair
 
| Engine
 
| Engine
 
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| Gun pod XM-18||TOW 4||TOW-2 4||AGM-114
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| IV
 
| IV
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| Engine Injection
 
| Cover
 
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| New 7 mm MGs||TOW 8||TOW-2 8||AGM-114 2
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===Pros and cons===
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* One of the fastest helicopters in the game
 
* One of the fastest helicopters in the game
 
* Can carry air-to-air missiles to take down aircraft
 
* Can carry air-to-air missiles to take down aircraft
* Excellent ground attack capabilities
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* Excellent ground attack capabilities.
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'''Cons:'''
 
'''Cons:'''
  
* Weak airframe can be taken down even by roof-mounted MGs from enemy tanks
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* Weak airframe can be taken down even by roof-mounted MGs from enemy tanks.
 
* Cannon fodder for dedicated SPAAGs
 
* Cannon fodder for dedicated SPAAGs
* Making strong banks causes the aircraft to flip rotor down
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* Very slow, easy target for SPAAs and aircraft
* Very slow, easy target when maneuvering for SPAAs and aircraft
 
 
* Priority target for the enemy team as you are extremely dangerous
 
* Priority target for the enemy team as you are extremely dangerous
* No armour whatsoever
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* No armor whatsoever
* Lacks passive IRCM compared to its predecessor
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== History ==
 
== History ==
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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 [https://warthunder.com/en/news/5756-development-ah-1z-viper-a-lasting-legacy-en Devblog]''
 
  
 
== Media ==
 
== Media ==
 
''An excellent addition to the article will be video guides, as well as screenshots from the game and photos.''
 
''An excellent addition to the article will be video guides, as well as screenshots from the game and photos.''
  
== See also ==
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== Read also ==
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''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;''
 
* ''reference to the series of the aircraft;''
 
* ''links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.''
 
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* ''other literature.''
 
 
* [https://warthunder.com/en/news/5756-development-ah-1z-viper-a-lasting-legacy-en [Devblog<nowiki>]</nowiki> AH-1Z Viper - A Lasting Legacy]
 
  
 
{{USA helicopters}}
 
{{USA helicopters}}
[[Category:Countermeasures]]
 

Revision as of 23:30, 20 February 2019

AH-1Z
ah_1z.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
10.0/10.0/10.0BR
2 peopleCrew
7.8 тоннTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
2 х General Electric T700-GE-401C turboshaftEngine
Speed of destruction
460 km/hStructural
420 km/hGear
Offensive armament
20 mm M197 cannonОрудие 1
750 roundsAmmunition
1 500 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
76 x 70 mm Hydra-70 M247 rocketSetup 1
2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine gunSetup 2
2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine gun
38 x 70 mm Hydra-70 M247 rocket
Setup 3
4 x BGM-71 TOW missilesSetup 4
8 x BGM-71 TOW missilesSetup 5
4 x BGM-71 TOW missiles
38 x 70 mm Hydra-70 M247 rocket
Setup 6
8 x BGM-71 TOW missiles
38 x 70 mm Hydra-70 M247 rocket
Setup 7
4 x BGM-71 TOW missiles
2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine gun
Setup 8
8 x BGM-71 TOW missiles
2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine gun
Setup 9
4 x BGM-71 TOW-2 missilesSetup 10
8 x BGM-71 TOW-2 missilesSetup 11
4 x BGM-71 TOW-2 missiles
38 x 70 mm Hydra-70 M247 rocket
Setup 12
8 x BGM-71 TOW-2 missiles
38 x 70 mm Hydra-70 M247 rocket
Setup 13
4 x BGM-71 TOW-2 missiles
2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine gun
Setup 14
8 x BGM-71 TOW-2 missiles
2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine gun
Setup 15
16 x BGM-71 TOW missilesSetup 16
16 x BGM-71 TOW-2 missilesSetup 17
8 x AGM-114B Hellfire missilesSetup 18
8 x AGM-114B Hellfire missiles
2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine gun
Setup 19
8 x AGM-114B Hellfire missiles
38 x 70 mm Hydra-70 M247 rocket
Setup 20
16 x AGM-114B Hellfire missilesSetup 21
Economy
390 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
1 010 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png8 300 / 13 230/7 100 / 11 317/4 300 / 6 854Repair
290 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
1 010 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2 600 Ge icon.pngAces
× (226) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
Msg-info.png This page is about the aircraft AH-1Z. For other uses, see AH-1 (Disambiguation)

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 ?,000 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
ABN1K2-J RB AB RB AB RB
 ?  ?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ???
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at ?,000 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run (meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
 ?  ?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ???

Details

Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flap
(km/h)
Max Static G
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460 420 ~?? ~?

Survivability and armour

  • No armour plating
  • No armour glazing
  • Critical components located at the front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
  • More fuel tanks located in wings near the fuselage

Armaments

Offensive armament

      Main article: Bombs-->

Usage in the battles

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator
II Compressor Airframe
III Wings Repair Engine
IV Engine Injection Cover

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

Describe the history of the creation and combat usage of the aircraft in more detail than in the introduction. If the historical reference turns out to be too big, take it to a separate article, taking a link to an article about the vehicle and adding a block "/ historical reference" (example: https://wiki.warthunder.com/Name-vehicles/historical reference) and add a link to it here using the main template. Be sure to include links to sources at the end of the article.

Media

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

Read also

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