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AH-1S Cobra Attack Helicopter
GATE AH-1S firing
An AH-1S firing its 20mm Gatling gun.
Dimensions and Weight
Weight 2.5 tons
Length (Gun Forward) 16.16 m
Hull length Unknown
Width 3.28 m
Height 4.19 m
Armament
Main gun 2 x TOW missiles launchers, 2 x 70 mm Rockets launchers
Machine guns 1 x 20 mm M197 3-barreled Gatling cannon
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition Load
Main gun ammo 8 x TOW missiles, 38 x 70 mm missiles
Machine guns ammo 750 x 20 mm
Mobility
Engine T53-L-703 Turboshaft engine
Engine power 1x 800 SHP turboshaft
Maximum speed 231 km/h
Range 510 km


First used by the United States in the Vietnam, the AH-1S Cobra Attack Helicopter is an improved version of the AH-1Q, a first generation cobra.

Combat history (Japan)

First used during the Ginza incident, five Cobra attack helicopters were dispatched from Ichiyaga along with other SDF forces. The role of the Cobra during the incident was seen as to retake control the skies of Ginza from dragons as well as provide CAS (close air support) to the troops on the ground. 20mm Gatling mounted on the nose of the cobra easily penetrated and killed the dragons and the skies over Ginza were clear in a matter of minutes.

Combat history (Special Region)

Although not used extensively during the initial SDF expedition into the Special region other than patrolling the skies around the Special Task Force's base. It was used to great effect during the Siege of Italica. As part of the 4th Combat unit's role as CAS aircraft when responding to the 3rd Recon Team's request for backup, they also became the first in the combat unit to open fire on the enemy. A Cobra gunship fired TOW missiles at the enemies near the gates of the city, before the rest of the unit moved in, providing heavy fire support with their 20mm Gatling guns and Hydra-70 rockets. The Cobra gunships, along with UH-1J Multi-purpose Helicopters mounted with M2 Browning .50 caliber machine guns, caused severe casualties among the attacking forces and forced them into retreat.

Cobra helicopters were later were deployed to fire TOW missiles at the offspring of the Flame Dragon, which, along with artillery fire and F-4 Phantom fighter jets, easily killed the two dragons.

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