Dynamic Duo: The Bell AH-1Z Viper and Bell UH-1Y Venom Provide Air Support During Joint Military Exercise

For the U.S. Armed Forces, teamwork remains at the forefront of every mission.


LCpl. Jackson G. Roberts, UH-1Y Venom Crew Chief, observes surroundings | Photo by LCpl Alexander Devereux

During National Training Center Rotation 23-07, U.S. Marines with the Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 367 utilized the Bell AH-1Z Viper and Bell UH-1Y Venom to provide air support to the ground efforts of the U.S. Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment and 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR). The Viper and Venom acted as the sole rotary-wing support element during the training at Fort Irwin Army Base.

Through a series of exercises, the Viper and Venom provided long-range assault force escort during night raid exercises, conducted live fire training, and performed deep and close air support.

Live Fire Training Video

Video by LCpl Alexander Devereux

Night Raid Air Escort and Support Video

Video by LCpl Alexander Devereux

Since its development, the Viper and Venom have played an integral role during combat missions and contingency operations.


Viper and Venom provide air support during National Training Center Rotation 23-07 | Photo by LCpl Alexander Devereux

Combining lethal weapons with highly advanced target systems that provide the information necessary to precision shoot at great lengths, this duo proves mission-ready for the U.S. Armed Forces’ toughest battles.

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