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The first purpose-built [[attack helicopter]] was the '''AH-1 Cobra''', originally developed for the [[U.S. Army]] during the [[Vietnam War]]. Typical armament included 2.75" [[unguided rocket]]s on pylons, with a chin turret containing either two [[M61 Vulcan (autocannon)|20mm M61 Vulcan autocannon]], two 40mm automatic grenade launchers, or one of each. They also could carry the [[BGM-71 TOW]] antitank missile
 
The first purpose-built [[attack helicopter]] was the '''AH-1 Cobra''', originally developed for the [[U.S. Army]] during the [[Vietnam War]]. Typical armament included 2.75" [[unguided rocket]]s on pylons, with a chin turret containing either two [[M61 Vulcan (autocannon)|20mm M61 Vulcan autocannon]], two 40mm automatic grenade launchers, or one of each. They also could carry the [[BGM-71 TOW]] antitank missile
  
A much-modernized version is in use with the [[U.S. Marine Corps]], which replaced the TOW with the [[AGM-114 Hellfire]], and can also carry [[AIM-9 Sidewinder]] missiles for self-defense against aircraft and helicopters.
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The [[U.S. Marine Corps]] is currently adding the '''AH-1Z Super Cobra'''.  This new version of the aircraft is complete with a new engine and a 4-blade rotor.  As in previous versions, the Super Cobra is outfitted with the [[AGM-114 Hellfire]], and can also carry [[AIM-9 Sidewinder]] missiles for self-defense against aircraft and helicopters.

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The first purpose-built attack helicopter was the AH-1 Cobra, originally developed for the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Typical armament included 2.75" unguided rockets on pylons, with a chin turret containing either two 20mm M61 Vulcan autocannon, two 40mm automatic grenade launchers, or one of each. They also could carry the BGM-71 TOW antitank missile

The U.S. Marine Corps is currently adding the AH-1Z Super Cobra. This new version of the aircraft is complete with a new engine and a 4-blade rotor. As in previous versions, the Super Cobra is outfitted with the AGM-114 Hellfire, and can also carry AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles for self-defense against aircraft and helicopters.