With the level of advanced technology in the world, the issue for powerful helicopter as a thought is always changing. Different nations have always been competing to produce the best helicopters that can be used for battlefield and wars. Before now, the sole reason for the manufacturing of helicopters were for human transports, but as time goes on, the ones that come up here seems to be pretty much devastating. Here, the list of 10 most powerful helicopters in the world based on terms of performance, armament capabilities, avionics and armors.
10. Mil Mi-24 Hind (Russia)
Mil from Russia created this helicopter. The helicopter is also recognized as “Hind” officially in NATO form. The helicopter is basically for both combating as well as transport for troops. The space behind the cockpit is capable of facilitating up to eight passengers. It has powerful armors mounted across the helicopter that is capable of withstanding hits from a 12.7 mm rounds from almost all the directions. The aircraft is flexible enough to hold armaments such as twin-barrel GSh-23L ammunition, 12.7 mm Yak-B Gatling gun, MBD multiple ejector racks and heavy bombing.
9. Denel AH-2 Rooivalk (South Africa)
Denel AH-2 Rooivalk originated from South Africa and was manufactured by Denel Aviation. The Roovailk was the succeeding helicopter designed after the SAAF to withstand in harsh weather conditions. The top portion is mounted with a 20-mm cannon and air-to-air missiles and it is considered to be one of the most powerful helicopters in the world. The helicopter has a very good navigation system is very efficient, which is featured using Doppler radar and GPS.
8. Z-10 (China)
The Chinese army owns the Z-10 helicopter and it is considered as the most powerful till date in China. Initially, the helicopter was constructed mainly for the purposed of battlefield and wars. Combat against tanks was the reason the helicopter was designed and manufactured, but was later reconstructed for air-to-air combat as well. Manufactured by Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation, the helicopter is assisted with armors on almost all the vital parts. Further, the aircraft is mounted with 90 mm multi-barrel unguided rocket pods, anti-helicopter and anti-tank missiles and an optional 30/40 mm LG3 automatic grenade launchers.
7. Bell AH-1W SuperCobra (Russia)
Bell AH-1W SuperCobra is considered as the most dangerous helicopters in the world, originated from United States. The helicopter stands as the backbone for the United States Marine Corp. The head view of the Bell AH-1W SuperCobra is incredibly dangerous while the helicopter is full loaded. Equipped with 750 rounds ammo with a capacity of 20 mm Gatling cannon and TOW missiles that makes it impressive. Capable of rafting the air at the speed of 352 km/h, the aircraft can withstand harsh climate conditions.
6. A-129 Mangusta (Italy)
5. Eurocopter Tiger (Germany/France)
Eurocopter Tiger was the first attack helicopter featured with a four-blade, twin-engine in 2003. The helicopter was introduced jointly by Germany, France and Spain. It was used to invade the Western Europe to reach the Soviet grounds. The cockpit is featured completely with digital boards rather than the traditional operation forms. The helicopter has a stealth technology which makes it very easy to sneak into most of the enemy territories. The helicopter can withstand any weather conditions and in the battlefield due to its powerful, optimum and durable capabilities of the engine. The cockpits can help in seating of two pilots, one to handle with weapons and other with navigation and stealth.
4. Mil Mi-28 (Russia)
MiI Mi-28 is a combat helicopter professionally recognized by NATO as “Havoc”. The helicopter is an upgrade for the Mil Mi-24 with greater emphasize to the gunship for the helicopter. With almost all other helicopter listed here are much focused on the combating range and speed, the Mil Mi-28 is an armor helicopter. Giving more importance to the armor, the helicopter can withstand intense gun and missile shots. The helicopter is capable of operating in any weather conditions including both day and night because of it’s armoring conditions.
3. Bell AH-1Z Viper (USA)
Bell AH-1Z Viper is a dangerous attack helicopter manufactured by Bell Helicopter. The helicopter was brought forward as part of an upgrade to the AH-1W SuperCobra. The target sighting system installed in the AH-1Z Viper is incredible with fantastic accuracy. Introduced in 2010, the helicopter can dive up to a speed of 411 km/h. It can destroy anything on its way with a 20 mm three-barrel cannon assisted with an in-air combating missile mounted in the helicopter.
2. KA-52 Hokum-B (Russia)
KA-52 Hokum-B is a highly powerful attack helicopter manufactured by Russia, which is in use since 1995. Also recognized as “Black Shark”, the helicopter is manufactured by Kamov. It is featured with an ejection seats for pilot in case of emergency. The helicopter is featured with one 2A42 30-mm gun and a 30-mm cannon that incredibly improves the gunning range. Additionally, they are facilitated to hold several rocket pods like S-13 and S-8.
1. Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian (USA)
Boeing AH-64E Apache helicopter is by far the most powerful attack helicopter, which is manufactured by Boeing Defense. There have been a lot of war scenarios where AH-64E have put forward its attacking skills. Additionally, the helicopter was manufactured as an upgraded version for the original model AH-64A and as a replacement for AH-1 Cobra. The helicopter is featured with the Joint Tactical Information Distribution System technology to facilitate with more power on face gear transmission. Further, the climb rate and cruise speed are incredible that is featured with new composite rotor blades. Released in 2011, the helicopter is fitted with a 30mm cannon and Hellfire 2 anti-tank missiles. These weapons are on a sync with the improved radar system sitting above the helicopter for fully fledged fire control.