The origins of the Viper can be traced back to the 1960s, when the AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter was first introduced into the United States arsenal. Seeing action in Vietnam and later in the Gulf War and elsewhere, the Cobra and its variants would remain in service well into the 21st century.
Even now, close to a century after its introduction, a descendant of the Cobra still remains in use with several branches of the United States military. First introduced in 2010, the AH-1Z Viper is a heavily modernized version of the Cobra, armed with a 20mm gatling cannon, Sidewinder air-to-air missiles and optional Hydra rocket pods.
Various upgrades to avionics and electronics over the years have helped to keep the Viper on par with more modern helicopters, even though its weapons have remained mostly unchanged. As such, in spite of its age, the Viper remains one of the most agile helicopters in service, excellent for scouting, ambushing and harassment.
|Fire a barrage of 20 rockets at the target area in a distance of 220. Each rocket causes 25 to 10 EXPLOSION damage over a radius of 5 to 20. 18 seconds cooldown.|
Requires Rocket Pods.
Behind the scenes
- Before version 184.108.40.206, the Viper was known as the Cobra, which possessed a more angled canopy, a single engine and only two rotor blades.