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PAF Attack Helicopter Acquisition; news | discussions | updates
Topic Started: Jul 16 2004, 11:05 AM (341,639 Views)
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Nov 29 2009, 11:35 AM
I Think the Phil Air Force should also consider this (AH-1Z Viper) Night capable Attack Helicopter..
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The Bell AH-1Z Viper (also called "SuperCobra") is a twin-engine attack helicopter based on the AH-1W SuperCobra, that was developed for the United States Marine Corps. The AH-1Z features a four-blade, bearingless, composite main rotor system, uprated transmission, and a new target sighting system. The AH-1Z is part of the H-1 upgrade program. It is also called "Zulu Cobra" in reference to its variant letter.

In 1996, the USMC launched the H-1 upgrade program by signing a contract with Bell Helicopter for upgrading 180 AH-1Ws into AH-1Zs and upgrading 100 UH-1Ns into UH-1Ys. The H-1 program created completely modernized attack and utility helicopters with considerable design commonality to reduce operating costs. The AH-1Z and UH-1Y share a common tail boom, engines, rotor system, drive train, avionics architecture, software, controls and displays for over 84% identical components.

Bell participated in a joint Bell-Government integrated test team during the engineering manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the H-1 program. The AH-1Z program progressed slowly from 1996 to 2003 largely as a research and development operation. The existing two-bladed semi-rigid, teetering rotor system is being replaced with a four-bladed, hingeless, bearingless rotor system. The four-bladed configuration provides improvements in flight characteristics including increased flight envelope, maximum speed, vertical rate-of-climb, payload and reduced rotor vibration level.

The AH-1Z first flew on 8 December 2000. Bell delivered three prototype aircraft to Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in July 2002, for the flight test phase of the program. Low-rate initial production began in October 2003, with deliveries to run through 2018. In February 2008, the United States Navy adjusted the contract, with the last 40 AH-1Zs to be built as new airframes instead of the previously planned rebuild of AH-1Ws. Bell delivered an AH-1Z on 8 February 2008. In September 2008, the Navy requested an additional 46 airframes for the Marine Corps, bringing the total number ordered to 226.

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The AH-1Z incorporates new rotor technology with upgraded military avionics, weapons systems, and electro-optical sensors in an integrated weapons platform. It has improved survivability and can find targets at longer ranges and attack them with precision weapons.


An AH-1Z at an air show displaying four-blade rotors and longer stub wings.The AH-1Z's new bearingless, hingeless rotor system has 75% fewer parts than that of four-bladed articulated systems. The blades are made of composites, which have an increased ballistic survivability, and there is a semiautomatic folding system for stowage aboard Amphibious assault ships. Its two redesigned wing stubs are longer, with each adding a wing-tip station for a missile such as the AIM-9 Sidewinder. Each wing has two other stations for 2.75-inch (70 mm) Hydra 70 rocket pods, or AGM-114 Hellfire quad missile launchers. The Longbow radar can also be mounted on a wing tip station.

The Z-model's integrated avionics system (IAS) has been developed by Northrop Grumman. The system include two mission computers and an automatic flight control system. Each crew station has two 8x6-inch multifunction liquid crystal displays (LCD) and one 4.2x4.2-inch dual function LCD display. The communications suite combines a US Navy RT-1824 integrated radio, UHF/VHF, COMSEC and modem in a single unit. The navigation suite includes an embedded GPS inertial navigation system (EGI), a digital map system and a low-airspeed air data subsystem, which allows weapons delivery when hovering.

The crew are equipped with the Thales "Top Owl" helmet-mounted sight and display system. The Top Owl has a 24-hour day/night capability and a binocular display with a 40 field of view. Its visor projection provides forward looking infrared (FLIR) or video imagery. The AH-1Z has survivability equipment including the Hover Infared Suppression System (HIRSS) to cover engine exhausts, countermeasure dispensers, radar warning, incoming/on-way missile warning and on-fuselage laserspot warning systems.

The Lockheed Martin target sight system (TSS) incorporates a third-generation FLIR sensor. The TSS provides target sighting in day, night or adverse weather conditions. The system has various view modes and can track with FLIR or by TV.

So How about this AH1Z Viper.. :armycool: :specool:

The AH1Z Viper is derivative of the old AH1W Super Cobra and therefore it is only an advance AH1 Venom Cobra!.. But I say the Phil Air Force should also think of what is the best platform to force the Insurgents in discontinue of their efforts in disrupting national progress.. I'll just live it to the other PDFF members to browse on new platforms for this mission..
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Can Anybody here at PDFF can Identify this Chinese Attack Helicopter?..

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Whoah!?!.. By the looks of their creation of these Chinese Attack Helicopter am wondering? Are they that close to acquiring European and American Technology as well?.. :armyeek:
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Yes! Lets get these ChinDits Machines study and use these against them!.. :fire:
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Mar 2 2010, 03:06 PM
Hindi ba parang unstable yung mounting ng camera sa harap ng Z10

Well the way I see the Camera on that Z10 its doesn't look unstable to me, But I stress that the DND should procure a a Squadron of 12 Z10 from the State Owned Chinese production line and study it so We can also built our own Attack Helicopter as well.. It could be very nice to see these type of War Machines fight it out against the NPA, MILF and Abu Sayaff Rebels and end the Insurgency once and for all so peace will forever reign in our Country Forever.. Nice isn't it.. :patrioticpinoy:
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The AH-1W Super Cobra Helicopter is a Lot better for the Philippine Air Force rather the single engined Huey Cobra Helicopter..
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Congressman Teddy Casino Is Simply amplifying his disagreement to procurement of these Attack Helicopters simply he is a member of the Communist Party of the Philippines get it!..
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Don't believe too much on WikiPedia., though they intend to educate people araound that world and give Knowledge to everyone is a noble thing to do but of the People of WikiPedia should try their best to verify such article to the limit of their capability... You can still search other info on other website... :armysmile:
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Just wondering guys., What If Philippine Air Force decide to buy AgustaWestland TAI AH-129?..

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Could there be a Possibility for this?.. :armysmile:
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What happened to that said article of the AH1 Cobras? Israel is decomissioning?..
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