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nikolas93ts09 Nov 2017 3:18 p.m. PST

There are two details I am wondering about AH-1, maybe somebody knows something more.

First, I was told the AH-1S equipped attack battalions retained the I-TOW as the TOW II weight a bit more that than the I-TOW. Given the very small weight difference (I think around 1,5kg), I was ready to dismiss it, but then I saw that additional systems on "Fully Modernised" AH-1 added weight to an aircraft that was already too heavy. With full fuel and all systems installed, the modernised Cobra weighed in at nearly 9,700 pounds. With a max gross weight of only 10,000 pounds, the flight crew had often to limit the fuel load, or severely restrict the amount of ordnance carried, thus lending credibility to the theory that they kept I-TOW?

Second, is there any truth to "Up Gunned AH-1S" or AH-1E lacking the rocket management system (RMS) and therefore not being able to use the 2.75-inch rocket system that was standard on all other model Cobras?

nikolas93ts09 Nov 2017 3:18 p.m. PST

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