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The 9 Best Military Attαck Helicopters In The World

Attαck helicopters are fierce predators that go after enemy troop formations and guard friendlies. Here are the 9 that most effectively prowl the ʙᴀᴛᴛʟᴇғɪᴇʟᴅ:

1. Ka-52 “Alligator”

Capable of operating at high altitude and speed, the two-seater Ka-52 snags the top spot from the usual winner, the Apache. The Alligator’s anti-ship missiles have better range than the Apache and the helicopter boasts similar armor and air-to-air capability. A one-seat version, the Ka-50, is also ʟᴇᴛʜᴀʟ.

2. AH-64 Apache

The AH-64 is armed with a lot of ωεɑρσռs including Hellfire ᴍɪssɪʟᴇs, 70mm ʀᴏᴄᴋᴇᴛs , and a 30mm automatic cannon. Its tracks and prioritizes 256 contacts with advanced radar and targeting systems. Optional Stinger or Sidewinder ᴍɪssɪʟᴇs turn it into an air-to-air platform. The newest version, AH-64E Guardian, is more efficient, faster, and can link to drones.

3. Mi-28N “Havoc”

The night-capable version of the Mi-28, the “Havoc” carries anti-tank ᴍɪssɪʟᴇs that can pierce a meter of armor. It also has pods for 80mm unguided ʀᴏᴄᴋᴇᴛs , five 122mm ʀᴏᴄᴋᴇᴛs grenade launchers, 23mm ɢᴜɴss, 12.7mm or 7.62mm machine ɢᴜɴs, or ʙᴏᴍʙs. It also has a 30mm cannon mounted under its nose.

4. Eurocopter Tiger

The Tiger minimizes its radar, sound, and infrared signatures to avoid enemy munitions and still has thick armor, just in case. It carries a 30mm turret, 70mm ʀᴏᴄᴋᴇᴛs , air-to-air missiles, and a wide variety of anti-tank missiles as well as countermeasures for incoming ᴍɪssɪʟᴇs .

5. Z-10

The Z-10 has an altitude ceiling of nearly 20,000 feet and carries capable anti-tank ᴍɪssɪʟᴇs, TY-90 air-to-air ᴍɪssɪʟᴇs, and a 30mm cannon. The Z-10 was originally considered a triumph of the ɕɦıռεꜱε defense industry, but it was actually designed by Russian manufacturer Kamov, the company behind the Ka-52 and Ka-50.

6. T-129

An upgraded version of the Italian A-129, the T-129 is a Turkish helicopter carrying robust UMTAS anti-tank ᴍɪssɪʟᴇs, ʀᴏᴄᴋᴇᴛs, and Stinger ᴍɪssɪʟᴇs. Its cannon is relatively small at 20mm, but it can zip around the ʙᴀᴛᴛʟᴇғɪᴇʟᴅ at 150 knots, rivaling the newest Apaches.

7. Mi-24 Hind

The Mi-24 carries understrength anti-tank ᴍɪssɪʟᴇs by modern standards, but it’s great against infantry. Multiple machine ɢᴜɴs up to 30mm chew up enemy troops while thick armor grants near-immunity from ground fire up to .50-cal. It also doubles as a transport, carrying up to eight infantrymen or four litters.

8. AH-1Z Viper

A Bell AH-1Z Viper takes off at a Forward Arming and Refueling Point at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., Feb. 4, 2018, as a part of Integrated Training Exercise 2-18. A heavily upgraded version of the first αttαck helicopter, the Viper still has a lot of bite. Hellfire ᴍɪssɪʟᴇs destroy enemy tanks and ships while a 20mm cannon picks off dismounts and light vehicles. Sidewinder ᴍɪssɪʟᴇs allow it to engage enemy air from a respectable distance.

9. AH-2 Rooivalk

The AH-2 is a South African helicopter that uses a stealthy design, electronic countermeasures, and armor to survive threats on the ʙᴀᴛᴛʟᴇғɪᴇʟᴅ. While it’s there, it fires a 20mm cannon, TOW or ZT-6 Mokopa anti-tank missiles, or ʀᴏᴄᴋᴇᴛs  at its ᴇɴᴇᴍɪᴇs. There are plans for it to gain an air-to-air capability.