While the fighter jets are the primary powerhouse of any of the word Air Force, the attack helicopters also are essential for carrying out many missions.
The purpose of these attack helicopters is to chase after the enemy troop formations and guard the friendlies in the line of combat.
Today for our readers we have brought to you a list of the best military attack helicopters in the world.
Ka-25 is a military attack helicopter that is able to operate efficiently in the high altitude and with fast speed. This is a two seater helicopter that beats the well known Apache by many aspects.
To name the few advantages of Ka-25 over the Apache, it is equipped with anti-ship missiles that have better range than those of Apache while having the same armor and air-to-air capability. There is also a one-seater version of this helicopter which is as deadly as the two-seaters one.
Apache AH-64 is undoubtedly one of the world’s top attack military helicopters. It is equipped with following weapons.
- Hellfire missiles
- 70mm rockets
- a 30mm automatic cannon
The helicopter is able to track and prioritize almost 256 contacts with its state of the art radar and targeting system. For an air-to-air platform, Stinger or Sidewinder Missiles can also be equipped onto the helicopter. There is a newer version of it named AH-64E which is faster, efficient and can also be linked to drones.
The night cable version of this attack helicopter can carry anti-tank missiles which are able to pierce through one meter of armor. The helicopter has also pods for equipping it with following weapons.
- 80mm unguided rockets
- five 122mm rockets grenade launchers
- 23mm guns, 12.7mm
- 7.62mm machine guns
A 30mm cannon is also mounted under the nose of this aircraft.
The Tiger is able to avoid enemy munitions by minimizing its radar, sound and infrared signature. In case it is detected, it does not fear anything as it has a thick armor for these situations. This helicopter is equipped with following weapons.
- 30mm turret
- 70mm rockets
- air-to-air missiles
- a wide variety of anti-tank missiles
The helicopter also comes with countermeasures for incoming missiles.
Z-10 is capable of having an altitude ceiling up to 20000 feet and comes with following weapons.
- anti-tank missiles
- TY-90 air-to-air missiles
- a 30mm cannon
The world originally believed it to be a marvel of the Chinese defense industry. However, it was later revealed that the helicopter was actually designed by a Russian manufacturer company named Kamov, which also built Ka-25 and Ka-50.
The T-129 is actually an advanced version of the Italian A-129. This Turkish helicopter comes equipped with following weapons.
- UMTAS anti-tank missiles
- Stinger missiles
The cannons of this helicopter are 20mm, it may be small but it is able to move around the battlefield with a speed of 150knots which easily rivals the speed of the new Apache helicopters.
This helicopter might carry understrength anti-tank missiles; it is still able to be a great air asset against the infantry units of the enemy. The helicopter is equipped with multiple 30mm machine guns which can clear any amount of infantry in minutes. The thick armor makes it virtually indestructible against the ground fire of up to .50 cal.
The helicopter can also be used as a transport helicopter and is able to carry 8 infantrymen.
AH-1Z Viper is the advanced form of the world’s first attack helicopter, but it still has great power behind it. The helicopter is equipped with Hellfire missiles that can easily destroy enemy tanks and ships. As for its 20mm cannon, it is able to destroy light vehicles easily.
That is not all, as it also has Sidewinder missiles that can engage the enemy from a safe distance.
AH-2 is a South African Helicopter that boasts the following features.
- Stealth design
- Electronic countermeasures
- Thick armor
The helicopter is a valuable asset in the battlefield as it is equipped with following weapons.
- 20mm cannon
- TOW or ZT-6 Mokopa anti-tank missiles
The manufacturers are currently working to able to gnat this helicopter an air-to-air capability.