Bell UH–1Y Venom

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Product Type:

Utility Helicopter

Using Service (US):

Air Force (USAF) and Marine Corps (USMC)

Program Status:

In Full Rate Production (FRP)

Prime Contractor:

Bell Helicopter (Textron)

The U.S. Marine Corps' UH-1Y Venom

About the UH-1Y:

The Bell UH-1Y Venom is a twin engine, medium class utility helicopter. It is powered by two General Electric T700-GE-401C turboshaft engines with 1,546 shp each.

Notable equipment on the UH-1Y are the FLIR Systems AN/AAQ-22 BRITE Star (EO/IR) fire control system, the Thales TopOwl Helmet Mounted Sight and Display System, the AN/ARC-210 Digital Communication System, and the Raytheon AN/APX-100 Identification Friend-or-Foe (IFF) transponder.

The primary navigation system is the CN-1689(V)2/ASN Embedded GPS/INS supported by the AN/ARN-153(V) TACAN System and DF-301E VHF/UHF Direction Finder.

Aircraft countermeasures include the BAE Systems AN/ALE-47 Airborne Countermeasures Dispenser System, the AN/AVR-2A Laser Warning System, the AN/APR-39A Radar Warning Receiver, and AN/AAR-47 Missile Warning System.

DoD Upgrade Program:

The H–1 Helicopter Upgrade program converts AH–1W Super Cobra and UH–1N Huey helicopters to the AH-1Z Viper and UH–1Y Venom, respectively. The upgraded helicopters will have increased maneuverability, speed, and payload capability. The upgrades include a new four-bladed rotor system, new transmissions, a new four-bladed tail rotor and drive system + upgraded landing gear. Also, this program provides for UH-1Y and AH-1Z new-build rotorcraft.

The UH-1Y is the most significant upgrade ever made to the combat-proven UH-1 helicopter. At the core of the upgrade is a new four-bladed, all-composite and ballistically tolerant (up to 23mm) rotor system, upgraded engines and transmissions, integrated digital cockpit featuring multifunction flat panels, increased payload capabilities, crash-worthy seating for all crew and passengers, and 84% identical parts with the AH-1Z Viper. The upgraded helicopters also provide increased load carrying ability, greater range and survivability, smaller logistical footprint and easier maintenance for the Marine Corps.

The DoD procurement strategy is to remanufacture 10 UH-1N Huey helicopters into UH-1Ys and build 150 new UH-1Y Venom.


The UH-1Y Venom is equipped with two M240D 7.62mm machine guns and carries 2.75" (70mm) Hydra-70 rockets.

UH-1Y Production Forecast:

A 15-year UH-1Y production forecast is available through Forecast International's Platinum Forecast System, which includes a breakout of total market unit and value statistics by manufacturer and end-user. This real-time service also includes information on all prime and subcontractors, contract awards, worldwide inventories, a complete program history, and a rationale detailing the outlook of the program. A 10-year UH-1Y production forecast is also available in report format through Forecast International's Rotorcraft Forecast service.


The UH-1Y utility helicopter provides command & control and assault support under day/night and adverse weather conditions.

FY 2020 & FY 2021 - UH-1Y DoD Program:

This data is available in Forecast International's U.S. Defense Budget Forecast, a comprehensive analytical database containing historical and forecast budget figures, year-to-year funding comparisons, congressional budget markups, program justification documents, and much more.

Sources Used: U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Bell Helicopter, General Electric,
and FLIR Systems.

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