AH-1 Cobra

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AH-1 Cobra
An AH-1 Cobra in Godzilla vs. Biollante
Height 4.11 meters[1]
Length 16.16 meters[2]
Targets Godzilla, Legion
Piloted by Multiple

The Bell AH-1 Cobra is an American aerial gunship produced by Bell Helicopters (with Japanese examples produced under license by Fuji Heavy Industries) which was first featured in the 1989 Godzilla film, Godzilla vs. Biollante. Both the single-engined Cobra and twin-engined SuperCobra have appeared in the franchise.


Heisei era

Godzilla vs. Biollante

Several AH-1s were deployed by the JGSDF to Wakasa Bay after Godzilla was infected by the Anti-Nuclear Energy Bacteria, as part of the plan to incapacitate Godzilla with it. The aircraft were tasked with drawing Godzilla towards the M6000 T.C. System and MBT-MB92s, which had been assembled along Godzilla's route to Takahama Nuclear Power Plant, which he was intending to attack. The helicopters fired on him using their mounted machine guns and missiles, and were backed up by a force of Mitsubishi F-15Js in an attempt to keep him within range of the system. While the aircraft were successful in getting Godzilla's attention, the Cobras' weapons were largely ineffective, and Godzilla shot down two of the helicopters with his Atomic Breath.

Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla

As Godzilla swam through Kagoshima Bay, a group of G-Force AH-1s was mobilized and fired on Godzilla using their rockets and machine guns. The fleet of helicopters was backed up by the appearance of several Hatsuyuki-class destroyers and the Haruna-class destroyer Hiei. Godzilla ignored the helicopters and blasted Hiei with his atomic breath, destroying it, before continuing to travel towards Fukuoka.

Gamera 2: Attack of Legion

Multiple AH-1J Cobras of the JGSDF were sent to assist Gamera in fighting the Mother Legion at Ashikaga, and proved instrumental in Gamera's eventual victory, first destroying the Mother Legion's swarm of Soldier Legion after they had been lured to a nearby electrical plant, then firing on Mother Legion herself with their arsenal of anti-tank missiles. The missiles blew off several of her Interference Wave Claws and rendered her unable to defend against Gamera's Plasma Fireball, allowing him to close in and tear off her Nasal Horn.

Millennium era

Godzilla 2000: Millennium

A squadron of AH-1 Cobra are employed in the coastal defense set up by the JSDF and Crisis Control Intelligence to meet Godzilla on the shore. The helicopters fire upon the irate kaiju to little effect, but they do help lure him further inland for the Full Metal Missile Launchers to be deployed against the kaiju.

Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla

The AH-1 Cobra was used as a part of the defense line to hold Godzilla off until Kiryu arrived, though the line was easily broken.

Godzilla: Tokyo SOS

Reiwa era

Shin Godzilla

Numerous JGSDF AH-1S Cobras were used to engage Godzilla in all three of his forms, having first been used when Godzilla came ashore in Kamata; despite being ready to fire, the attack had to be called off as there were still civilians in the area attempting to escape. After Godzilla transformed into his fourth form, the helicopters were used again, but the machine guns and rockets seemed to have no effect on him.

Video games


Godzilla vs. Biollante

Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla


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