Four Ways the Bell AH-1Z Viper Is Shaping the Future of Flig
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Jun 9, 2023

Four Ways the Bell AH-1Z Viper Is Shaping the Future of Flight

  • Revolutionizing the future of principal attack helicopters for decades

Unmatched Airborne Edge
The Bell AH-1Z Viper is the only attack helicopter in the world with fully integrated air-to-air missile (AAM) capabilities. Uniquely equipped with six weapon stations, the Viper can carry a diverse weapons load, ranging from AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, AGM-179 Joint Air-to-Ground Missiles (JAGM), and a variety of laser-guided and conventional rockets. It is also equipped with a 20mm cannon. With AAM and JAGM assets, the Viper gives warfighters the lethal airborne advantage with operational flexibility needed in diverse terrain and missions.

Lethal Aerial Reconnaissance
The AH-1Z sees you before you see it. The Target Sight System (TSS) allows operators to distinguish friend from foe at standoff range. Rain or shine, day or night – the third-generation TSS, coupled with the Optimized Top Owl Helmet Mounted Display System, provides essential long range target identification and accuracy for lethal strike capabilities at an optimal standoff range.

Weather Adaptability
As the only marinized attack helicopter, at the point of manufacture, engineered to withstand the world’s harshest maritime environments, the AH-1Z was purpose-built to meet U.S. Marine Corps specifications to ensure mission success during shipboard operations.

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Versatile Mission Readiness
Challenging missions have met their match with the Viper. With 85% component capability with the Bell UH-1Y, moving between aircraft is as seamless as ever. The H-1 line delivers reduced maintenance, training costs, and supply efforts to support a mixed fleet of aircraft, all while being multi-mission capable.