The Bell UH-1Y Venom (also called Super Huey) is a twin-engine, medium-sized utility helicopter, built by Bell Helicopter under the H-1 program of the United States Marine Corps inorder to replace the UH-1N. One of the latest members of the numerous Huey family, the UH-1Y is called also Yankee, from its variant letter. In August 2008, the Marine Corps certified the UH-1Y as operationally capable and was deployed for the first time in January 2009 as part of the aviation combat element of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The UH-1N Twin Huey was retired by the Marines in August 2014, making the UH-1Y the Marine Corps’ standard utility helicopter. It has a maximum speed of 189 mph and a range of 148 mi. The UH-1Y has 2 external stations for 70 mm (2.75 in) Hydra 70 or APKWS II rockets as well as 2 pintle mounts for 7.62×51 mm M240D machine guns, .50 in (12.7 mm) GAU-16/A machine guns, or 7.62×51 mm NATO GAU-17/A Gatling gun.
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