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UH-1Y Venom

The UH-1Y Venom is the United States Marines Corps (USMC)'s new utility helicopter which will replace the aging UH-1N Twin Huey.

uh-1y venom
USMC UH-1Y Venom

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 machine gun
a USMC UH-1Y crew chief fires a GAU-16 .50 cal machine gun mounted above a LAU-61 rocket pod.
uh-1y firing rockets
A UH-1Y fires 70mm FFAR rockets from LAU-61 pods fitted either side of the airframe.
UH-1Y VENOM FEATURES
  • Energy attenuating crashworthy seats
  • Self sealing fuel tanks and fuel systems
  • FLIR / laser range finder turret
  • Stability Control Augmentation System assists with stable flight
  • Twin engines
  • 4-blade main and tail rotor system
  • Hinged composite rotor system
  • Night vision goggle (NVG) compatible glass cockpit

UH-1Y Venom Specifications

UH-1Y - flir pod
The UH-1Y features a next generation BRITE Star NTIS FLIR pod.
Crew Pilot, Co-pilot (optional) + 1-2 door gunners / crew chiefs
Engines 2× General Electric T700-GE-401C turboshafts
Dimensions L - 17.78m
W (rotorspan) - 14.88m
H - 4.5m
Weights 5,370 kg (empty)
8,390 kg (max loadout)
Max Speed 304 kph
Range 648 km
Armament 2 x LAU-68 pod of 7x70mm FFAR Rockets or
2 x LAU-61 pod 19x70mm FFAR Rockets
1 x GAU-16 .50 cal machine gun or
1 x GAU-17a 7.62mm minigun or
1 x M240D 7.62mm machine gun
Avionics AVR-2A Laser Warning Receiver
APR-39A(v) 2 Radar Warning Receiver
ALE-47 “Smart” Countermeasures Dispenser
AAR-47 Missile Warning Device
BRITE Star thermal imaging and laser designation system
TopOwl Helmet Mounted Sight and Display (HMD)
AN/ARC-210 radio, UHF/VHF communications
COMSEC
APX-100(V) IFF identification friend or foe
satellite communications interface
tactical data modem
automatic flight control system


UH-1Y Venom
A USMC UH-1Y Venom pictured during testing
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Christopher O'Quin) (Released)
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