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Well this ain't your father's Cobra. Literally. The current incarnation of the Huey cobra for the Marine Corps, which is called the AH-1Z Viper, sometimes referred to as the King Cobra continues to be the backbone of the Marines attack helicopter force for several reasons. Like all Huey cobra models, the AH-1Z and the USMC current utility helicopter, the ...


According to Wikipedia's page on Carrier Air Wings, there are nine active carrier air wings currently active (for eleven aircraft carriers). Of those nine, CVW-11 includes Marine Corps squadron VMFA-323 operating the F/A-18C Hornet, and CVW-17 includes VMFA-312, which also operates the F/A-18C Hornet. So out of nine carrier air wings, two include Marine ...


Because when selecting aircraft the requirements were for close air-support and to be able to operate from amphibious assault ships like the USS Tarawa and the USS Nassua. These ships have very small decks that aren't geared towards launching larger aircraft like the F-18.


The Marine Corps could not use the same variant of Apache that the US Army uses, it would have to be adapted into a marine version and the numbers would simply not be there to make it an economical option. From the wiki: In the early 1980s, the U.S. Marine Corps sought a new navalized helicopter, but it was denied funding to buy the AH-64 Apache by ...

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