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The AH-1 Super Cobra in Battlefield 3 is the main attach helicopter for the US forces. It’s the tried and tested Cobra attack helicopter which has seen combat for decades, and it returns in Battlefield 3, this time, players can unlock a wide range of accessories and weapons. It still seats two: a pilot and a gunner. The Cobra is the counterpart for the Russian attackĀ helicopterĀ Mi-28.

UPDATE: the main attack helicopter for the US side in Battlefield 3 is the AH-1Z version of the helicopter, also known as the Viper.

AH-1 stats

  • Seats: 2 (gunner + pilot)
  • Top speed: 330 KM/H
  • Standard weapons: rockets + Gatling gun
  • Unlockable weapons: guided missile, guided rockets, heat seeking missiles, TV missile

AH-1 unlocks

  • Stealth
  • IR flares
  • Heat seeking missiles
  • Main cannon autoloader
  • 3X zoom
  • Proximity radar
  • Air radar
  • Guided missile
  • Extinguisher
  • Maintenance (increased auto-repair)
  • Thermal optics
  • Laser painter
  • ECM jammer
  • Guided rockets
  • TV missile

AH-1Z Viper images and screenshots

AH-1Z Viper availability

The AH-1Z Viper is available on the following Battlefield 3 maps:



  1. BF
    October 19th, 2011 at 9:20 am

    hmm, they chose to use a picture of the AH-1Z. Was this on purpose? Are they getting AAMs, on the outer mount points? and what bout loads, are they going to be able to switch between bear, and duck hunting?

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    • Maverick
      October 24th, 2011 at 1:34 am

      i was thinking the same thing

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    • t..4..TIMETOLEAVE..COD
      October 24th, 2011 at 3:33 am

      I’m fairly sure that the pictured helicopter is the same one that is used in the game. In the beta I saw the cobra with the same loadout. I seent it. LOL. Anyway, it will be sweet. Jets and helicopter gunships locking on to targets that have been painted by ground forces.

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    • BF
      October 24th, 2011 at 6:21 am

      Apparrently you gets thumb down around here, for pointing out things that might not be as obvious to some.

      If was a fair enough question there people, I did not see that AH-1 during the beta and so found it confusion that the text is for the AH1-W, and the picture is an AH-1Z.

      At last we are not flying the Armies AH-64, that always struck me as silly.

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  2. kirzach
    October 24th, 2011 at 3:44 am

    i missed my sweet blackhawk already

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  3. Pugachev Cobra
    October 24th, 2011 at 4:10 am

    It is the Viper. No idea why they are calling it the Super Cobra. Same with the Huey. It’s the Venom.

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    • Maverick
      October 24th, 2011 at 11:36 am

      why do we have to use old military tech! lets role in the Venom and Viper. there the new and improved version

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  4. Whiplash141
    October 24th, 2011 at 4:42 am

    That’s an AH-1Z Viper. “AH-1″ is the designation for the vietnam era cobra. The Viper is a different helicopter as it has 4 rotor blades and an improved engine turbine, as well as a nose mounted targeting array.

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  5. Metalfreak360
    October 24th, 2011 at 7:59 am

    What is TV missiles? Never heard about it..

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    • dags9119
      January 7th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      It’s just a missile that the shooter controls vertically and horizontally. No lock on, best for going around corners and taking out fast moving tanks.

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    October 29th, 2011 at 5:59 am

    Hey why they replaced AH-64 with this old junk?? I thought the AH-64 already replace this one.

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    • ok keyboard warrior
      November 19th, 2011 at 10:21 pm

      derp herp. bf3 features the Marines, and they don’t fly the apache. the Marines still fly variants of the AH-1. That’s why there aren’t no f-22s or f-16s, the f-18s are in the game because the Marine Corps actually has them.

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  7. keven
    November 3rd, 2011 at 8:30 am

    TV missile ??? LOL its a joke , this TV rebound on the target 3/4 of the time you hit ! lol really bad for dice ! and not a very good aim ! its a square like bf2 but no *+* to aim like bf2 strange ! Bf2 TV missiles was so good to dogfight ! :P

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  8. kk
    November 3rd, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Make a REAL TV missile :P

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  9. kk
    November 3rd, 2011 at 8:34 am

    TV missile rebound on the target !you can hit chopper but its so hard cause they rebound 3/4 of the time on the target ! its a fail DICE
    Make a real TV missile DICE!!!!

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  10. Battlefield fanboy of course
    December 8th, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    I still miss my Apache, I don’t like the Cobra as much.

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  11. winnie
    December 30th, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    this attack choppers are so unreal… I shoot AA guns right at their front windows and nothing would happen, then the choppers shoot a few rockets and BOOM!… im history. they are so overpowered, there is no effective way to fight them and they simply dominate everything else in the game. stingers dont work, AA guns dont work, AA vehicles dont work, machine guns dont work…. its very stupid… how the chopper supposed to have flares? and even if they hadnt the flares, it would still take 3 successfull missle hits to bring it down!!! silly job dice, really silly…

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    • PL
      January 25th, 2012 at 3:16 am

      Uhhh, no offense, but… I think you suck when it comes to using AA guns, using AA rockets, etc… because I have absolutely no trouble when taking one down, unless they get scared and go over a hill… then, if they come back, I just designate them and slam them with a Javelin ;)

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  12. tim
    December 30th, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    i love the AH-1Z. i think its better than the AH-64

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  13. steve
    December 31st, 2011 at 2:23 am

    I have been playing BF3 since it came out, althought only a rank 18. But I have not ever seen a vehicle in MP. Only in campaign. How or when do I get to use vehicles in MP? I want to shoot people up with a helicopter too!!!!

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    • SmokeyMcpot2
      April 2nd, 2012 at 4:51 am

      Make sure you are not on Infrantry Only Server or Metro Map , Most are labeled . Don’t spawn right away when logging on MP game. Wait until vehicles show up and select one as spawn. Practice flying on empty server that has 1 player start before you try in a real match. You earn unlocks by killing enemies.

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  14. CB
    January 10th, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    TV missile would be a variation of the Maverick missile. Been around for decades (I think they also have a radar guided or laser guided version). Helfire is much better as far as laser guided goes. As far as killing choppers: if you target them with two weapon systems simultaneously, they usually don’t survive.

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    • SmokeyMcpot2
      April 2nd, 2012 at 4:56 am

      Last patch made it really hard to bring down choppers with shoulder fired missles or mobile AA. Make sure target is high in sky fire one missle and wait until pilot uses flairs, then fire again.

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  15. Moises66
    February 19th, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    the corba gatling gun in bf3 the gatlng gun shoots like a grenade launacher

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  16. hug my penguin
    April 23rd, 2012 at 4:00 am

    best attack heli in bf3 the mi-28 sucks

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  17. Paytend01
    April 29th, 2013 at 12:52 am

    hey i have been playing this game since it came out and i love the attack helicopters and ive gotten over 40 kills in one caspian border conquest game ima beast

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  18. Jokerman42
    June 19th, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Where do the helicopters spawn on the map noshare canals I can’t find them and its stupid.

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