Vipers are the backbone of the Cobra Legions. They are highly motivated, superbly trained, and formidably equipped. Multi-layer body armor and wraparound acrylic/composite helmets with built-in RTO* gear are standard issue.
deployed its first specialized Viper (the
Tele-Viper) with Cobra battalions in 1985, it's most likely that Cobra conceived of the basic Viper training in 1984 before implementing the Crimson Guard program, rushed new recruits through to fill needed
Tele-Viper roles, and finally properly trained the first Viper corps to be
deployed in 1986. Despite the initial rushed introduction of the Viper regiments, the Viper training program has served Cobra well and remained active over the last two decades. Outside of the ever-increasing number of specialized Viper types, the basic Viper trooper was not upgraded until 1989, when Python Vipers were needed to round out Python Patrol squads. Whether the Python Viper was actually a specialized Viper or just an upgraded designation is unclear. Cobra again upgraded the basic Viper trooper in 1990 when the semi-experimental "Sonic" Viper was deployed with the same uniform in burnt orange and gold trim, but carrying "sonic" versions of firearms. The most radical and short-lived alteration to the basic Viper uniform and gear was in 1994 with the "Battle Corps" Viper.
In 1997, Cobra returned to the steadfast and field-proven multi-layer body armor with wraparound helmet for its Viper Team deployments, but with a less rugged boots and trousers. This same uniform with built-in features was carried forward, with only the deployment colors changing, through the Cobra
Troopers and Officers of 1998 and through every Viper deployment until 2003. In 2004, Cobra upgraded the Viper trooper for its Venom operations.
Vipers have been deployed internationally in the Canada, Europe, and the United States.
*Radio Telecommunications Operator