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UH-1Y Venom


The UH-1Y Venom is a twin engine, medium class utility helicopter. It is the most significant upgrade ever made to the combat-proven UH-1 helicopter. At the core of the upgrade is a new four-bladed, all-composite and ballistically tolerant (up to 23mm) rotor system, upgraded engines and transmissions, integrated digital cockpit featuring multifunction flat panels, increased payload capabilities and crash-worthy seating for all crew and passengers.

UH-1Y Venom Copyright © Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Achterling, U.S. Navy

Status

In active service

Contractor

Primary contractor: Bell Helicopter Company

Parts commonality with the AH-1Z Viper

85 percent commonality of maintenance-significant components results in reduced support requirements, training, logistics footprint. The common components are:

  • Integrated Digital Cockpit
  • 100 percent identical software configuration with an upgradable common software interface and mission planning system
  • Active & Passive Countermeasures
  • Optimized TopOwl Helmet Mounted System Display (HMSD)
  • Advanced Memory Unit (AMU) with Common Mission Loading/Maintenance Data Extraction
  • Common Drive Train
    • Composite Rotor System
    • Main Transmission
    • Intermediate and Tail Rotor Gearbox
  • Redundant Hydraulic Systems
  • Electrical System
  • 4-Bladed Pusher Tail Rotor
  • 4-Bladed Composite Main Rotor
  • Fire Extinguishing System
  • Flight Control Servos
  • Oil Cooling System
  • T700-401C Engines
  • IR Suppressors
  • Battery & Auxiliary Power Unit

Crew

1 Pilot
1 Co-Pilot
1 Crew Chief
1 Gunner

Capacity

8 combat troops
1 460,57 kilograms of cargo 3 220 pounds of cargo

Weapon systems

2 x Door mount
M240 Medium Machine Gun
2 x Under-wing pylon station
LAU-61D/A 19-tube Rocket Pod
» Hydra 70 Folding-Fin Aerial Rocket
- OR -
LAU-68D/A 7-tube Rocket Pod
» Hydra 70 Folding-Fin Aerial Rocket

Characteristics

Dimensions
Length (fuselage): 13.41 meters 44 feet
Length with rotating rotor: 17.68 meters 58 feet
Rotor diameter: 14.88 meters 48.83 feet
Height: 5.18 meters 17 feet
Weight
Empty weight: 5 370 kilograms 11 839 pounds
Maximum takeoff weight: ~8 390 kilograms 18 500 pounds
Features
Power plant: two General Electric T700-GE-401C turboshaft engines
Performance: 1 546 shaft horsepower (each engine)
Maximum speed: 170 knots » ~315 kilometers per hour ~196 miles per hour
Cruise speed: 146 knots » ~270 kilometers per hour ~168 miles per hour
Service ceiling: ~6 100 meters 20 000 feet
Maximum operational altitude: ~3 050 meters 10 000 feet
Combat radius: 130 nautical miles » ~241 kilometers (with 2 182 pounds - 990 kilograms of payload) ~150 miles (with 2 182 pounds - 990 kilograms of payload)
Rate of climb: 12.8 meters per second 2 520 feet per minute