The UH-1Y Venom is the United States Marines Corps (USMC)'s new utility helicopter which will replace the aging UH-1N Twin Huey.
The UH-1Y is a significant upgrade over the UH-1N. The venom features a 4-blade main and tail rotor system and more powerful engines, resulting in a 125% increase in payload and 50% increase in range and speed over its predecessor.
The UH-1Y is also boasting a sophisticated suite of avionics. A next-generation forward-looking infrared (FLIR) sensor pod is mounted on the aircraft's nose. Sensor data from the FLIR is integrated into LCD display screens in the digital glass cockpit. The UH-1Y features an improved navigation system. UH-1Y pilots wear the TopOwl Helmet Mounted Sight and Display (HMD) which integrates navigation data, fight data and night vision with a 100% overlapped projection of a binocular image on the visor.
US DoD video by Sgt. Jason Fudge | released to public domain
The UH-1Y shares 84% of its core components with the AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter, also coming into service soon with the USMC. Sharing engines, tail section, rotors and rotor assemblies and a number of avionics systems will provide savings in logistics and maintenance for deployed units.
UH-1Y Venom Specifications
The UH-1Y features a next generation BRITE Star NTIS FLIR pod.
A USMC UH-1Y Venom pictured during testing
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Christopher O'Quin) (Released)