Upgraded Cobra

An AH-1Z Cobra helicopter assigned to Rotary Wing Aircraft Test Squadron (HX) 21, based in Patuxent River, Md., approaches the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). This upgraded version of the Cobra is not yet available to the fleet. The helicopter features a larger engine and has two more blades than the Cobra's original two, giving it more power and maneuverability. Wasp is conducting test flight operations and was chosen as the platform to evaluate the limits and capabilities of newer models of aircraft. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Rebekah Adler/Released)

An AH-1Z Cobra helicopter assigned to Rotary Wing Aircraft Test Squadron (HX) 21, based in Patuxent River, Md., approaches the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). This upgraded version of the Cobra is not yet available to the fleet. The helicopter features a larger engine and has two more blades than the Cobra's original two, giving it more power and maneuverability. Wasp is conducting test flight operations and was chosen as the platform to evaluate the limits and capabilities of newer models of aircraft. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Rebekah Adler/Released)

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  1. “The helicopter features a larger engine”…

    Um, the AH-1Z is a twin-engine design. Someone in PAO needs to work on their photo-caption talents. :)

    Also, the AH-1Z completed flight testing back in 2005.

    Perhaps the confusion came from the decision to build new airframes to the AH-1Z spec, instead of rebuilding existing AH-12 aircraft. Well; that, and the fact that the Marines usually get the short end of the stick for funding, so it takes longer to get these suckers operational.

    I can’t help wondering what the Apache pilots think of this aircraft? :)

  2. I’m curious as to what’s on the end of the stub wing. Looks like a AMRAAM with out tail fins? Can’t be……jammer, test instrumentation of some sort?

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