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Bell Helicopter UH-1Y "Venom"

Multirole Military Helicopter

A Legend Reborn.

The modern, ultimate incarnation of the classic Bell Huey / Iroquois troop-ferrying helicopter of the Vietnam War, the UH-1Y Venom is a further development of the popular UH-1N Twin Huey and sees the USMC as its primary operator. Performance and over-battlefield capabilities are both enhanced as this new twin is set to take on the world stage for the next several decades. The Marine endorsement has led to a deal with Czech Armed Forces who also operate the type.
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Mission Roles

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Twin-Engine, Four-Bladed Design

The twin T700-GE-401C turboshafts not only provide exceptional power for a helicopter of this class, but the pairing allows for added survivability in contested zones. The four-bladed main rotor is also of a more advanced design when compared to the original Huey's twin blades.

To Arm or not to Arm

The versatility of the Hiuey platform still exists in the Venom offering as the helicopter is capable of mounting 70mm Hydra 70 or APKWS II series rocket pods. In addition to this, door positions support pintle-mounting of M240D machine guns and GAU-16/A and GAU-17/A Gatling-style miniguns for added suppression effects.

Growing USMC Presence

The USMC is slowly increasing strength by way of additional UH-1Y units. To date, the service has the helicopter product featured in nine squadrons including HMLA-167, HMLA-267, and HMLA-469.

Beyond a Proven Pedigree

In addition to its proven UH-1 Huey pedigree, the UH-1Y 'Venom' has already been utilized to good effect by USMC forces operating in the Afghanistan Theater of war where it has been successfully paired with the potent AH-1W 'SuperCobra' twin-seat attack helicopter.


Active, In-Service (16 yrs)
Bell Helicopter - USA
160 Units
2 Total

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Czech Republic; United States

(List includes former, current, and potential operating nations)
UH-1Y: 2 x General Electric T700-GE-401C turboshaft engines developing 1,828 horsepower (1,546hp continuous) each driving a four-bladed main rotor and four-bladed tail rotor (facing port side).

(Assuming optimal flying/environmental conditions)
Maximum Speed
190 mph | 305 kph | 165 kts
Cruising Speed
183 mph | 295 kph | 159 kts
Service Ceiling
20,112 ft | 6,130 m | 3.81 miles
Operational Range
149 miles | 240 km | 130 nm
2,520 ft/min | 768 m/min
(Showcased performance statistics pertain to the UH-1Y production model)
58.33 feet (17.78 meters)
48.82 feet (14.88 meters)
14.76 feet (4.50 meters)
(Showcased measurements pertain to the UH-1Y production model)
11,839 lb (5,370 kg)
18,519 lb (8,400 kg)
(Showcased weights pertain to the UH-1Y production model)
Two optional external weapon stations support the 70mm Hydra 70 and APKWS II ("Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System") series rocket pods. In addition to this, there are pintle mountings at each side door and these positions can support M240D General Purpose Machine Guns as well as the 12.7mm GAU-16/A and 7.62mm GAU-17/A Gatling-style miniguns. Supported Types:

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UH-1Y 'Venom' - Base Series Designation.

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