AKA Bell 209. Retired US Army AH-1Fs have been converted into US Forest Service Firewatch Cobras with infrared and low-light sensors for real-time fire monitoring, GIS mapping, real-time color video, geo-referenced infrared, and infrared downlink. In addition to intelligence gathering, they are also used as a platform for an Air Attack Group Supervisor (ATGS) or a Helicopter Coordinator (HLCO).
Design authority: Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
Primary manufacturer: Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
Parent type: Bell Model 209/AH-1 Cobra
Aircraft status: Operational
VTOL type: Helicopter
Lift devices: 1 Single main rotor
Dedicated control device: 1 Tail rotor
Crew required: 2 in Tandem arrangement
Landing gear: Skids