In the middle of the last century, it became clear how important aviation would be in the wars of the future. However, in addition to aircraft, "flying fortresses", attack helicopters, which are used to support ground forces and carry out special operations in conditions when the capabilities of aircraft are insufficient, have developed in a completely unexpected way.
1. AH-2 Rooivalk
South African helicopter with stealth technology and electronic warfare equipment, excellent armor and powerful versatile weapons to combat ground targets. It is expected that future modifications of the Rooivalk will also be able to use air-to-air weapons.
2. AH-1Z Viper
The product of a deep modification of the legendary Bell AH-1 Super Cobra helicopter. The model received better equipment, new propellers, as well as updated weapons. There are even Hellfire missiles, capable of hitting not only tanks, but also hitting enemy ships. Sidewinder missiles allow you to fight aerial targets at a great distance.
By modern standards, the Mi-24 does not carry as many anti-tank weapons as other attack helicopters. But he has two other important advantages. First, it is still a real flying fortress. Secondly, the Mi-24 remains one of the best helicopters in the world when it comes to suppressing infantry.
Turkish modification of the Italian A-129 helicopter, which was sharpened to combat enemy armored vehicles. The UMTAS long-range anti-tank complex helps her in this. The helicopter can carry a large and versatile range of missiles to combat both ground and air targets.
The Chinese helicopter climbs 6.4 km, which is an excellent result for this type of combat aircraft. It also uses a powerful fire-and-forget anti-tank weapon system. Also, the machine is suitable for the destruction of air targets.
6. Eurocopter Tiger
Helicopter using stealth technology. Its design was thought out in such a way as to minimize the vehicle's radar visibility. It is curious that the helicopter is mainly used to combat enemy air targets. It also has equipment for more effective air defense detection.
7. Mi-28N "Havoc"
A helicopter designed to carry out operations mainly at night. He is assisted in this by a variety of surveillance equipment, as well as versatile weapons. The kit even includes anti-aircraft missiles, making the Mi-28N "Havoc" a formidable fighter on the battlefield, Novate.ru consultants say.
8. AH-64 Apache
One of the best helicopters in the world for many years. The helicopter carries a solid arsenal, including Hellfire missiles. All this helps him to cope with the widest range of combat missions. Suitable for fighting any targets, including tanks and enemy fortifications. It has an advanced radar system and flies very fast.
A helicopter that is in no way inferior to its direct competitor AH-64 Apache, and in some ways even surpasses it. The high speed of movement and the ability to perform the most difficult maneuvers by helicopter standards make the Ka-52 a real alpha predator. The latest modifications also began to receive anti-ship missiles.
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