receive many questions which is the best attack helicopter in the
world. Which is the greatest modern gunship and why? Our Top 9
analysis is based on the combined score of performance, firepower,
protection and avionics. We use specifications for comparison and available data.
This list do not includes gunships, that are
currently in development or at the prototype stage. It includes only
best helicopters that are currently in service and in production.
All of the attack helicopters mentioned here are incredibly powerful
and devastating. Crew training of the helicopter is also important,
as performance of the actual machine depends from the crew
top 9 best attack helicopters in the world are these:
Apache Guardian (USA)
(AH-64D Block III)
is an upgraded version of the original
which was developed for the US Army, to replace the
AH-1 Cobra. The Apache
combat during a number of recent wars.
Guardian is fitted with a mast mounted antenna with updated Longbow fire control
radar. This attack helicopter can fire
missiles in fire-and-forget mode. Other improvements include
targeting, battle management system,
cockpit, communications, weapons and navigation systems.
The gunship is also fitted with a 30 mm cannon.
of the Apache Guardian began to the US Army in 2011. A total of
634 AH-64D helicopters will be be upgraded to the AH-64E standard.
This attack helicopter was approved for export. It is also in service with
Saudi Arabia and Taiwan. India, Indonesia, Iraq and South Korea
ordered this helicopter.
Bell AH-1Z Viper
Viper gunship which evolved from the
AH-1W Super Cobra. This helicopter is used
by the US Marine Corps. It follows the line of the venerable
AH-1 Cobra, which was the world first dedicated attack helicopter.
A total of 189 Vipers will be built. Most of them will be upgraded
from AH-1W airframes. Others will be newly-built machines.
The Viper was introduced in 2010 and full-rate production began in
The AH-1Z Viper has
new engines, new
rotor, uprated transmission upgraded avionics and new target sighting system.
Upgraded helicopters have improved flight characteristics. This
helicopter is fitted with infrared suppression system, which covers
The Viper is
armed with a 20 mm three-barrel cannon. It can carry up to 16
anti-tank guided missiles. It can also carry pods with unguided rockets
and two Sidewinder fire-and-forget air-to-air missiles.
Kamov Ka-52 Hokum-B
The Ka-52 is
a further development and a two-seat version of the famous
Ka-50 Hokum. This attack helicopter entered service with the
Russian Army and its small scale production commenced in 2008.
The Ka-52 is
one of the fastest and most maneuverable attack helicopters due to
its two coaxial contra-rotating main rotors. Armor of this gunship
withstands hits from 23 mm projectiles. Pilots are seated in
is armed with a 30 mm cannon and up to 12
Vikhr anti-tank missiles.
It can also carry unguided rockets and
Igla-V air-to-air missiles.
The Ka-52 is
fitted with a battlefield management system and can exchange data
with other helicopters, as well as third-party sources. This
helicopter is also intended as an aerial command post for a group of
helicopters. It provides target detection and coordinates the
Mil Mi-28 Havoc
has been in development since the late 1970s. This helicopter was
finally accepted to service with the Russian Army in 2006. Currently
Russian Army operates only a relatively small number of these helicopters. Some sources
report that it is also in service with Kenya.
helicopter is fitted with two heavily-armored cockpits. Probably it
is one of the most armored attack helicopters to date. The Mi-28 is
also fitted with emergency escape system for the crew.
The Mi-28 is
typically fitted with eight
Ataka anti-armor missiles along with
unguided rocket pods. This gunship is also fitted with a 30 mm
with the previous Mi-24 Hind it is better optimized for anti-armor
role. It lacks secondary troop transport capability. However the
Mi-28 has a small passenger compartment and in case of emergency it
can carry three passengers. This feature allows to rescue downed
reported that during comparative trials the Mi-28 lost to the
Eurocopter Tiger was jointly developed by France and Germany. It is a
attack helicopter, which entered service in 2002. It is also in
service with Australia and Spain. The Tiger has seen combat in
Afghanistan, Libya and Mali.
helicopter incorporates stealth technology as well as other advanced
features to increase its survivability.
The Tiger is
available in attack and fire support (escort) configurations. The
attack version is fitted with Trigat or
HOT-3 anti-tank missiles, as
well as unguided rockets. It also carries
missiles. This version is not fitted with a cannon.
version of the Tiger is fitted with 30 mm cannon and unguided
missiles, as well as Mistral air-to-air missiles. This version is in
service with the French Army.
The Z-10 is
the first Chinese dedicated attack helicopter. It has been designed
with extensive technical assistance from Eurocopter and Agusta.
Other sources claim that development of this attack helicopter has
been assisted by the Russian Kamov helicopter design bureau. This
new Chinese helicopter is
advanced. It seems that first production gunships were delivered to
the Chinese Army in 2009-2010.
mission of the Z-10 is anti-armor and battlefield interdiction. It
also has some limited air-to-air combat capabilities.
has sloped sides to reduce radar cross section. All vital areas are
believed to be protected by armor plates. Weapons of the Z-10 may
consist of 30 mm cannon, HJ-9 anti-tank guided missiles (comparable
to the TOW-2A), newly developed HJ-10 anti-tank missiles (comparable
to the AGM-114 Hellfire) and TY-90 air-to-air missiles. It can also
carry unguided rocket pods.
Denel AH-2 Rooivalk (South Africa)
new appearance the Rooivalk was based on reverse-engineered
Aerospetiale Puma and uses the same engines and rotor. This
helicopter has been designed to operate without sophisticated
turret of the Rooivalk is fitted with a 20 mm cannon. It
contains an automatic target detection and tracking system. This
attack helicopter can carry indigenous
anti-tank missiles (similar to US
Hellfire). Surprisingly these are one of the most powerful
anti-tank guided missiles in the world. Alternatively this South
African gunship helicopter can carry up to
anti-tank guided missiles.
Also it has provision for air-to-air missiles
and pods with 70 mm unguided rockets. This gunship
can be used in anti-armor, ground attack, armed reconnaissance, fire
support, escort and deep penetration roles.
A pair of
external seats can be fitted to the Rooivalk, allowing it to pick up
the crew of a downed helicopter.
only 11 of these helicopters are operational due to funding
Agusta A129 Mangusta (Italy)
Mangusta was the first dedicated attack helicopter to be produced in
Western Europe. First helicopters were delivered to the Italian Army
in 1990. Production of Mangusta was stopped in 1992 due to funding
problems and changing operational requirements with the end of the
Cold War. Later all Italian Mangustas were upgraded to the A129
It is a
lightweight attack helicopter, hence it carries less armor than its
counterparts. Yet its rotor blades withstand hits from 30 mm
rounds. Primary role of the Mangusta was anti-tank. It was fitted
with Hellfire or
TOW anti-tank missiles and
Stinger or Mistral
anti-aircraft missiles. It could also carry unguided rockets. TOW
missiles were its primary armament. However the A129 International
is a more flexible multi-role machine. It was fitted with an undernose 20 mm cannon. It can be used in anti-armor, ground attack,
armed reconnaissance, fire support and escort roles.
There is a
T-129, a Turkish derivative of the Mangusta. It was jointly
developed by AgustaWestland of Italy and Turkish Aerospace
Industries (TAI) of Turkey. It has some key improvements over
its predecessor. It was adopted by the Turkish military in 2013 and
is used for attack and reconnaissance roles.
Mil Mi-24 Hind (Russia)
The Mi-24 is
one of the most widely known assault helicopters. It saw widespread
combat action during wars and military conflicts. This ageing
gunship is still very capable.
has heavily-armored, stepped cockpits ant an undernose gun turret.
First versions were fitted with a 23 mm twin-barrel cannon, however
later production version with a 30 mm twin-barrel cannon emerged.
Other weapons include anti-tank missiles and pods with unguided rockets.
has a secondary troop transport capability. It can carry a full
infantry squad of 8 fully equipped troops, which makes this gunship
a flying infantry fighting vehicle. Because of the troop carrying capability this
helicopter is used in a slightly different manner than other attack
helicopter was produced in large number for the Soviet Army as well
as Soviet allies. Over 2 300 of these helicopters were built since the
1970s. Production of this attack helicopter ceased in 1991. Despite its age
the Mi-24 is in service with at least 50 countries
around the world. It is estimated that 1 500 of these gunships remain in
service. Various upgrade and refurbishment programs are available.