Top 10 Military Helicopter

A military helicopter is specially designed for its speed, performance and attack ability. These military helicopters used in combats. Military helicopter serves as a strong unit in military defence and offence. This article is dedicated to the best military helicopter. Let us tell you that this list is based on specifications like performance, firepower, armament and protection. So without any further delay, let's get started with the Top 10 Military Helicopter.



Context

  • Military Helicopter
      • Agusta A129 Mangusta
      • Mil Mi-24
      • TAI/AgustaWestland T129 ATAK
      • CAIC Z-10
      • Eurocopter Tiger
      • Mil Mi-28
      • Denel Rooivalk
      • Kamov Ka-52 Alligator
      • Boeing AH-64 Apache
      • Bell AH-1Z Viper
  • Conclusion



Military Helicopter



10. Agusta A129 Mangusta

Agusta A129 Mangusta

We start off our list with Agusta A129 Mangusta. It is designed and produced by Italian company Augusta and continued to be developed by AgustaWestland. Its primary user is the Italian Army. It is probably the first attack helicopter to be designed and produced entirely in Europe. It is a lightweight attack helicopter. Its primary role is an anti-tank and is also used for ground attacks, anti-armour and anti-aircraft.

The Agusta A129 Mangusta is equipped with anti-tank missiles, anti-aircraft missiles, unguided rockets and 1× 20 mm three-barrel Gatling-type cannon.

This military helicopter is equipped with 2 × Rolls-Royce Gem 2-1004D turboshaft engines that give it a maximum speed of 278 km/h (173 mph, 150 kn), cruising speed of 229 km/h (142 mph, 124 kn), a range of 510 km (320 mi, 280 nmi) and a service ceiling of 4,725 m (15,502 ft).

Additional Information

  • Role: Attack helicopter
  • National origin: Italy, United Kingdom
  • Manufacturer: Agusta, AgustaWestland
  • Status: In-service
  • Primary user: Italian Army
  • Produced: 1983–present
  • Number built: 60




9. Mil Mi-24

Mil Mi-24

Next at number 9, we have Mil Mi-24. This is a large gunship attack helicopter. It also has a low capacity room for eight passengers to transport. Its primary users are Russia and the other 58 nations. It is manufactured by Mil. Mil is a Moscow helicopter plant. This plant has been operating since 1972 by the Soviet Air Force and now in service with Russian Air Force. This assault helicopter is used widely in combat battle during aggressive conflicts.

This helicopter is outfitted with a 30mm Twin-barrel cannon. It is capable of carrying anti-tank missiles, multiple BOM ejector rack, pods with unguided rockets.

This helicopter is powered with 2 × Isotov TV3-117 turboshaft engines. It has a maximum speed of 335 km/h (208 mph, 181 kn), cruising speed of 295 km/h (183 mph, 159kn), a range of 450 km (280 mi, 240 nmi) and a maximum altitude or service ceiling of 4,900 m (16,100 ft).

Additional Information

  • Role: Attack helicopter with transport capabilities
  • National origin: Soviet Union/Russia
  • Manufacturer: Mil
  • Status: In-service
  • Primary users: Russian Air Force and 58 other users
  • Produced: 1969–present
  • Number built: 2,648


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8. TAI/AgustaWestland T129 ATAK

TAI/AgustaWestland T129 ATAK

At number eight, we have TAI/AgustaWestland T129 ATAK. This is a lightweight attack helicopter mutually developed by AgustaWestland and Turkish Aerospace Industries. Its primary user is the Turkish Army. This attack helicopter uses Turkish hi-tech avionics weapon systems, mission computers, self-protection suites and some other systems.

The T129 attack gunship has a 1× 20x102 mm three-barrel rotary cannon. It can also carry anti-tank, anti-armour missiles, Sura D/Snora, anti-aircraft missiles and unguided rockets.

It is equipped with 2 × LHTEC CTS800-4A turboshaft. Its powerful engines give him a maximum cruising speed of 269 km/h (167 mph, 145 kn), a maximum speed of 278 km/h (173 mph, 150 kn), a maximum range and altitude of 561 km (349 mi, 303 nmi) and 6,096 m (20,000 ft) respectivily.

Additional Information

  • Role: Attack helicopter
  • National origin: Italy and Turkey
  • Manufacturer: TAI/ AgustaWestland
  • Status: In-service
  • Primary user: Turkish Army
  • Produced: 2009–present
  • Number built: 59




7. CAIC Z-10

CAIC Z-10

At number 7, we have the CAIC Z-10. This military helicopter is manufactured by the Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation (CAIC) and is designed primarily for anti-tank missions. Its primary user is the People's Liberation Army Ground Force.

It has the supreme air-to-air capability and standard gunship configuration. It is equipped with 1x 23 mm revolver gun or 1x 25 mm Bushmaster chain gun copy, anti-tank guided missiles, anti-helicopter or air-to-surface missiles and air-to-air missiles. It also has automatic grenade launchers and can carry unguided rocket pods.

It is powered with 2 × WoZhou-9 turboshaft engines. Z-10 military helicopter can also fly at a maximum speed of 270 km/h (170 mph, 150 kn), a cruise speed of 230 km/h (140 mph, 120 kn), range of 800 km (500 mi, 430 nmi) and a service ceiling of 6,400 m (21,000 ft).

Additional Information

  • Role: Attack helicopter
  • National Origin: China
  • Manufacturer: Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation (CAIC)
  • Status: In-service
  • Primary user: People's Liberation Army Ground Force
  • Produced: 2003-present
  • Number built: 300+


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6. Eurocopter Tiger

Eurocopter Tiger

Next best military helicopter is Eurocopter Tiger. This is a twin-engine and four-bladed attack helicopter. It is manufactured by Eurocopter which is now an Airbus Helicopters. This is developed by France and Germany jointly. It is still in service with the German Army, Australian Army. French Army and the Spanish Army.

This helicopter has both stealth technology and other high-level features to increase the chances of its survivor. The Eurocopter Tiger is available in attack and fire support arrangements. The attack version is powered with 1× 30 mm cannon chin turret, air-to-air missiles, Stinger air-to-air missiles, unguided rockets.

The Eurocopter Tiger attack helicopter is powered with 2 × MTR MTR390 turboshaft engines that are enough to give it a maximum and cruising speeds are 315 km/h (196 mph; 170 kn) without rotor head and 230 km/h (142 mph, 124 kn), and it can fly at a maximum range and altitude of about 800 km (500 mi, 430 nmi) and 4,000 m (13,000 ft).

Additional Information

  • Role: Attack helicopter
  • National origin: Multinational
  • Manufacturer: Eurocopter, Airbus Helicopters
  • Status: In-service
  • Primary users: German Army, Australian Army, French Army, Spanish Army
  • Produced: 1991–present
  • Number built: 180




5. Mil Mi-28

Mil Mi-28

At number 5 is the Mil Mi-28. It is a Russian all-weather day/night, anti-armour attack helicopter. This helicopter doesn't have secondary transport capabilities. The cockpit of this military helicopter is made by a titanium and is shielded by ballistic-resistant windscreens. This is a unique helicopter with an emergency escape system for the squad. Its primary users are Russian Air Force, Algerian Air Force and Iraqi Air Force. 

It is fitted with anti-tank guided missiles, anti armoured missiles, anti-tank missiles, unguided rocket pods. This gunship is also equipped with 1× chin-mounted 30 mm Shipunov cannon. 

It is powered with 2 × Klimov TV3-117 turboshaft engines and produces an output of 2,194 hp. Its maximum speed and cruising speeds is 320 km/h (200 mph, 170 kn) and 270 km/h (170 mph, 150 kn). Also, it can fly at a maximum range and altitude of 435 km (270 mi, 235 nmi) and 5,700 m (18,700 ft).

Additional Information

  • Role: Attack helicopter
  • National origin: Soviet Union/Russia
  • Manufacturer: Mil
  • Status: In-service
  • Primary users: Russian Air Force, Algerian Air Force, Iraqi Air Force
  • Produced:1982–present
  • Number built: 126


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4. Denel Rooivalk

Denel Rooivalk

Coming up next at number 4, we have a Denel Rooivalk. This military helicopter is manufactured by Denel Aviation. Its primary user is South African Air Force.

It is equipped with a 1 × F2 20 mm cannon. This attack helicopter is capable of carrying long-range anti-tank guided missiles, air-to-air missiles, folding fin aerial rockets (FFAR) or Wrap-Around. It is fitted with a target acquisition system, an advanced navigation system and Doppler radar system. 


It is powered with 2 × Turbomeca Makila 1K2 turboshaft engines and has a maximum speed of 309 km/h (192 mph, 167 kn), cruising speeds of 278 km/h (173 mph, 150 kn), a maximum range of 740 km (460 mi, 400 nmi) and altitude of 6,100 m (20,000 ft).

Additional Information

  • Role: Attack helicopter
  • National origin: South Africa
  • Manufacturer: Denel Aviation
  • Status: In-service
  • Primary user: South African Air Force
  • Produced: 1990–2007
  • Number built: 12




3. Kamov Ka-52 Alligator

Kamov Ka-52 Alligator

At number 3 is the Kamov Ka-52 Alligator. It was first used by the Soviet Union, and now it is adopted by the Russain Army. It is a multi-role all-weather attack helicopter. This military attack helicopter is capable of operating in the daytime and at night.

It is equipped with 30mm 2A42-1 cannon, anti-tank missiles, fire control system, unguided rockets, air-to-air missiles bombs and several rocket pods. With all these offensive equipment, it is also well-protected with various security measures and technologies.

This attack helicopter is outfitted with 2 x Klimov VK-2500 or VK-2500P turboshaft engines. Its engines give this gunship a maximum speed of 300 kph (186 mph, 162 kn), cruising speed of 260 km/h (161 mph, 140 kn), a range of  1,100 km (684 miles) and a service ceiling of 5,500 m (18,045 feet).

Additional Information

  • Role: Attack helicopter
  • National origin: Russia
  • Manufacturer: Kamov / Russian Helicopters
  • Status: In-service
  • Primary user: Egypt Army, Russian Army
  • Produced: n/a
  • Number built: 84 Units


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2. Boeing AH-64 Apache

Boeing AH-64 Apache

The 2nd best military helicopter is the Boeing AH-64 Apache. This is an American twin turboshaft attack helicopter that is equipped with a glass cockpit and advanced sensors. It is now manufactured by Boeing Defense, Space & Security. Its primary users are United States Army, Israeli Air Force, Egyptian Air Force and Royal Netherlands Air Force.

It is equipped with 1× 30 mm M230 Chain Gun, anti-tank guided missiles, Stinger twin missiles and air-to-ground rockets.

This helicopter is powered by 2 × General Electric T700-GE-701 turboshaft engines and has a maximum speed of 158 kn (182 mph, 293 km/h), cruising speed of143 kn (165 mph, 265 km/h), the range of 257 nmi (296 mi, 476 km) and a service ceiling of over  20,000 ft (6,100 m).

Additional Information

  • Role: Attack helicopter
  • National origin: United States
  • Manufacturer: Boeing Defense, Space & Security (Present)
  • Status: In-service
  • Primary users: United States Army, Israeli Air Force, Egyptian Air Force, Royal Netherlands Air Force
  • Produced: 1983–present
  • Number built: 2,400




1. Bell AH-1Z Viper

Bell AH-1Z Viper

Now the best military helicopter is the Bell AH-1Z Viper. This is an American twin-engine attack helicopter that is manufactured by Bell Helicopter. It is an upgraded version of AH-1W SuperCobra and has new engines, new rotor upgraded transmission, upgraded avionics and new target sighting systems. Its primary user is the United States Marine Corps.

It is armed with 1 × 20 mm M197 three-barreled rotary cannon, Hellfire anti-tank guided missiles, anti-ship missiles, air-to-air missiles, unguided rockets and freefall bombs.

This attack helicopter is equipped with 2 × General Electric T700-GE-401C turboshaft developing. These engines give Bell AH-1Z Viper a maximum speed of 222 knots (255 mph, 411 km/h), cruising speeds of 160 kt (184 mph, 296 km/h), the range of 370 nmi (426 mi, 685 km) with a service ceiling of over 20,000+ ft (6,000+ m).

Additional Information

  • Role: Attack helicopter
  • National origin: United States
  • Manufacturer: Bell Helicopter
  • Status: In-service
  • Primary user: United States Marine Corps
  • Produced: 2000–present
  • Number built: 62




Conclusion

I hope you find this list informative. This is the list for the Top 10 Military Helicopter. This list is based on combine specifications like performance, firepower, armament and protection. The military helicopter mentioned above are:


  • Agusta A129 Mangusta
  • Mil Mi-24
  • TAI/AgustaWestland T129 ATAK
  • CAIC Z-10
  • Eurocopter Tiger
  • Mil Mi-28
  • Denel Rooivalk
  • Kamov Ka-52 Alligator
  • Boeing AH-64 Apache
  • Bell AH-1Z Viper

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