Manufacturer: Bell Helicopter

Model: 459

Name: Marine Cobra

Type: Target helicopter

Date: 1987

Status: Operational

Country: United States of America

Service: U.S. Marine Corps

Designation: QH-1Q


In 1984, Bell Helicopter received a contract for a pilotless version of the Cobra helicopter for the Marines. Designated Model 459, it was developed from the Model 449 Cobra II prototype and therefore kept the four-blade main rotor; the cockpit was reduced to an enclosed pod containing the automatic pilot, flight computer and electronic devices.

A batch of 25 machines designated QH-1Q Marine Cobra was put in production, entering service in August 1988.

Viewers' comments:
  • Sweet :D Have you thought about a UCAV version of the RAH-66 Comanche? :) (Roddy1990)
  • Vraiment beau 8D Ya pas à dire, tu es vraiment douép our les photomontages d'hélicos :drool: (ItalianDragon)
  • I think it would look better with something where the cockpit should be. Be it a UAV Optical sensor or just more metal it doesn't seem right. (Commander-jao)
  • Nice! This would surely be a good idea for a UAV system. (Stingray)

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