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Iranian Army to begin operational trials of indigenously upgraded AH-1 Cobra

25th May 2012 - 14:16 GMT | by Tony Osborne in London


Iran is to begin operational trials of an indigenously upgraded AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter, it has emerged.

According to the Iranian FARS news agency, the 'homemade' Cobras will take place in wargames involving the army's airborne unit 'in the near future.'

Brig Gen Kioumars Heidari told FARS that the aircraft was an 'advanced generation of the Model 209' and was fitted with 'different types of home-made calibre guns, rockets and missiles.'

Iran's Cobra's were purchased in the 1970s during the Shah's rule. Some 202 examples of the AH-1J were bought, but only around 60 were capable of firing the TOW

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Tony Osborne


Tony Osborne

Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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