The AH-1Z Viper: Most Advanced Attack Helicopter in the World
The AH-1Z Viper is the Marine Corps’ primary rotor-wing ground attack aircraft. The AH-1Z attack helicopter provides rotary wing close air support, anti-armour, armed escort, armed visual reconnaissance and fire support coordination capabilities under day night, and adverse weather conditions.
The AH-1Z Vipers are fielded in Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadrons or HMLAs. Detachments from the HMLAs are deployed as part of Marine Expeditionary Units to support ship-based amphibious exercises and operations.