The AH-1 Super Cobra is a twin-engine attack helicopter capable of land- or sea-based operations. It provides rotary-wing close air support (CAS), anti-armor/anti-helicopter, armed escort, armed and visual reconnaissance, and supporting arms coordination (SAC) throughout day/night and all weather conditions
The primary missions of the Cobra are helicopter close Air Support (CAS), escort of transport helicopters and ground convoys, armed reconnaissance, helicopter air-to-air attack, anti-shipping operations, and coordination and terminal control of fastened wing CAS, artillery, mortars, and naval gunfire.It is the only western attack helicopter with a proven air-to-air and anti-radar missile capability. The rear seat pilot is primarily accountable for maneuvering the aircraft. The front pilot controls the aircraft's weapons systems, however its also has a full set aircraft controls.
The AH-1 is totally capable of performing its attack mission in all weather conditions. extra missions include direct air support, antitank, armed escort, and air to air combat. The TOW missile targeting system uses a telescopic sight unit (traverse 110º, elevation 60º/+30º), a laser augmented tracking capability, thermal sights and a FLIR to permit for acquisition, launch, and tracking of every type of TOW missiles in all weather conditions