Since the American Bell AH-1 Cobra debuted as the first attack helicopter in 1967, the design formula for attack helicopters has changed. A modern attack helicopter will be a fighting platform that can be used audi deals anywhere and follows standard design principles. A modern, dedicated attack helicopter is most likely to possess all of the following characteristics: tandem seat with a gunner in the front and a pilot in the back; a narrow body; little to no cargo space; an armored crew compartment; the use of 20-30 mm cannon; shaped charge-guided anti-tank missiles (ATGMs); unguided smaller diameter rockets with high explosive fragmentation; and a nose-mounted sensor suite.
Short-range air defense components, such as Sidewinder missiles on the weapon’s pylon tips or Stinger missiles on the hardpoints in Western designs, are becoming more common in the majority of unmanned aerial vehicles. Since attack helicopters are a costly and heavy luxury from a financial and technological standpoint, only the most advanced nations are able to develop and use their own designs. The vast majority of attack helicopters currently in use make this list due to a lack of alternatives, even globally.
Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian (USA)
The original AH-64A, which was designed to take the place of the AH-1 Cobra and was built for the US Army, was updated into the AH-64E (AH-64D Block III). A few ongoing conflicts included battle including the Apache helicopter.
The Apache Guardian now has a new Longbow fire control radar mounted on a mast. This attack helicopter can fire fire-and-forget guided Hellfire 2 antitank missiles. Other advancements include targeting, battle management, the cockpit, communications, weaponry, and navigation systems. The gunship also has a 30 mm cannon on it.
Apache Guardian deliveries to the US Army began in 2011. 634 AH-64D helicopters will be subject to the AH-64E standard. This assault helicopter was allowed to be exported, and it is currently in use with Saudi Arabia and Taiwan. This helicopter was ordered by South Korea, Indonesia, India, and Iraq.
The gunship AH-1Z Viper, developed from the AH-1W Super Cobra, is the Bell AH-1Z Viper (USA). This helicopter is used by the US Marine Corps. It follows in the footsteps of the first ever attack helicopter, the AH-1 Cobra. There will be a total of 189 Vipers produced. Most of them will have upgraded AH-1W airframes. There will be brand-new equipment among them. The Viper was unveiled in 2010, but production at full capacity did not begin until 2012.
Boeing AH-1Z Apache Guardian (USA)
The AH-1Z Viper has new engines, a new rotor, a better gearbox, better avionics, and a new target-sighting system. Upgraded helicopters have improved flight characteristics. An exhaust-covering infrared suppression system has been installed on this helicopter. The Viper’s only weapon is a three-barrel 20 mm gun. Up to 16 Inferno, against tank directed rockets can be carried on it.
Kamov Ka-52 Hokum-B (Russia) The Ka-52 is one of the fastest and most agile attack helicopters thanks to its two coaxial contra-rotating main rotors. The gunship’s armor is ineffective against 23-millimeter-diameter projectiles. Pilot seats are provided by ejection chairs.
The Ka-52 is a two-seater version of the well-liked Ka-50 Hokum, which has undergone additional development. This assault helicopter, which is currently in use by the Russian Army, was started in small-scale production in 2008. This gunship carries up to 12 Vikhr anti-tank missiles and a 30 mm cannon. It can also transport unguided rockets and air-to-air Igla-V missiles.
Mil Mi-28 Havoc (Russia) The Mi-28 was developed in the late 1970s. The Russian Army finally granted permission to use this aircraft in combat in 2006. The Russian Army operates only a small number of these helicopters at the moment. Kenya is said to be another country where it is used, according to some accounts. This attack helicopter has two heavily armored cockpits attached. It is most likely one of the most armored modern attack helicopters. An emergency escape system is accessible to the Mi-28 crew.
Boeing Mi-28 Apache Guardian (USA)
The Mi-28 usually has eight Ataka anti-armor missiles and unguided rocket pods. This gunship also has a 30 mm cannon mounted on it. The Mi-24 Hind’s anti-armor duty is better optimized than its predecessor’s. It cannot transport additional troops.
Eurocopter Tiger (France) The Eurocopter Tiger was developed in collaboration between France and Germany. This medium-weight attack helicopter first entered service in 2002. Furthermore, Spain and Australia use it. The Tiger has been active in Afghanistan, Mali, and Libya.
This helicopter has stealth technology and other cutting-edge technologies to make it more likely to survive. The Tiger can be set up to fire support or attack (escort). Both Trigat or HOT-3 anti-tank missiles and unguided rockets are included in the attack version. It can also carry Stinger air-to-air missiles. The cannon is missing from this model. The Tiger’s escort model is outfitted with aerial rockets from the Mistral family as well as a 30 mm gun and unguided rockets. The French make use of this variant.