Top 10 Best Attack Helicopters in the World

These are currently the top 10 attack helicopters in the world.

1.
AH-1Z Viper

The Bell AH-1Z Viper is based on AH-1W Super Cobra and is a twin engine attack helicopter, and it was developed for the United States Marine Corps. The AH-1Z features a four-blade, bearing less, composite main rotor system, uprated transmission, and a new target sighting system. The AH-1Z is upgraded version of previous Super Cobras and has improved the shortcomings in previous cobras. It is also called "Zulu Cobra" in reference to its variant letter. It can be used on land and sea.
  • Guns: 1 × 20 mm (0.787 in) M197 3-barreled Gatling cannon in the A/A49E-7 turret (750 round ammo capacity)
  • Hardpoints: Up to 6 pylon stations on stub wing
  • Rockets:  2.75 in (70 mm) Hydra 70 or APKWS II rockets – Mounted in LAU-68C/A (7 shot) or  LAU-61D/A (19 shot) launchers
    • Missiles:
      • AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles – 1 mounted on each wing tip station (total of 2) 
      • AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missiles – Up to 16 missiles mounted in four 4-round M272 missile launchers, two on each wing
    • Unit cost: US$ 27-31 million
    • Top speed: 411 km/h (255 mph)
    • Range: 685 km (426 miles)
    • Service ceiling: 6,000+ m  (20,000+ ft)
    • Rate of climb: 14.2 m/s (2,790 ft/min)


    2.
    Eurocopter Tiger UHT
    Eurocopter Tiger

    The Eurocopter Tiger is a twin engine attack helicopter with four-blades, which entered service in 2003. It is manufactured by Eurocopter, the successor company to Aérospatiale's and Daimler-Benz Aerospace AG's respective helicopter divisions, who designate it as the EC 665. In Germany it is known as the Tiger; in France and Spain it is called the Tigre.
    • Unit cost: € 36.1 million (US$ 48.7 million)
    • Top speed: 290 km/h, 313 km/h (195 mph) without mast
    • Range: 800 km (500 miles)
    • Service ceiling: 4,000 m (13,000 ft)
    • Rate of climb: 10.7 m/s (2,105 ft/min)

    3.
    MIL Mi-35M 
    MIL Mi-35M

    The multirole Mi-35M attack helicopter is a comprehensive modernisation of the Mi-24V. The Mil Mi-35M is a large attack and gunship helicopter with low capacity troop transport of up to eight (8) passengers or troops and it has capacity to carry cargo weighing up to 1,500 kg internally and 2,400 kg externally with external sling system.

    Combat use of guided and unguided weapons in regular and challenging climate conditions. Operational for attack flights at altitudes of 10-25 m daytime and 50 m at night over land or water.

    It can also be used for Landing-transporting up to 8 paratroopers, with equipment, in the transport cabin. Transporting military supplies or other cargo weighing up to 1,500 kg internally. The Mi-35M is also fitted with an external sling system, expanding its cargo carrying capacity to 2,400 kg. Medical uses include carrying the sick and injured along with medical personnel.
    • Unit cost: US$ 35-40 million.
    • Top speed: 335 km/h (208 mph)
    • Range: 450 km (280 miles)
    • Service ceiling: 4,900 m (16076 ft)
    • Rate of climb: 15 m/s  (2460 ft)

    4.
    Boeing AH-64E Apache
    Boeing AH-64D Apache

    This is one of the best attack helicopters out there. The Boeing AH-64 Apache is a four-blade, twin-engine attack helicopter with a tail wheel-type landing gear arrangement, and a cockpit for a two-man crew. It has a nose-mounted sensor suite for night vision and target acquisition.

    Between the main landing gear, it is armed with a 30 mm (1.18 in) M230 Chain Gun carried under the aircraft's forward fuselage.

    It has four hard points, typically carrying a mixture of AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and Hydra 70 rocket pods. The AH-64 has a large amount of systems to improve combat survivability.
    • Unit cost: AH-64E US$ 36-48 million
    • Top speed: 293 km/h (182 mph)
    • Range: 476 km (295 miles)
    • Service ceiling: 6,400 m  (21,000 ft) minimum load
    • Rate of climb: 12.7 m/s  (2,500 ft/min)

    5.
    CAIC Z-10 Fierce Thunderbolt
    CAIC Z-10

    The WZ-10 is an attack helicopter developed by the People's Republic of China. It is designed primarily for anti-tank missions but has secondary air-to-air capability as well. It was further developed and flight tested by the 602nd Research Institute under Wu Ximing (吴希明) and is being built by Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation (CAIC).
    • Avionics include: YH millimetre-wave fire control radar, helmet mounted sight with night vision goggles, BM/KG300G self protection jamming pod, Blue Sky navigation pod, KZ900 reconnaissance pod, YH-96 electronic warfare suite.
    • Unit Cost:  US$ 28-45 million
    • Top speed: ? km/h (197+ mph)
    • Range: 800+ km (497+ mph)
    • Service ceiling: 6,400 m (21,000 ft)
    • Rate of climb: ? m/s (2,940 ft/min)

    6.
    TAI/Agusta Westland T129 ATAK
    TAI T129 ATAK

    The TAI/Agusta Westland T129 is an attack helicopter based on the Agusta A129 Mangusta. The T129 was developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), with Agusta Westland as the primary partner. The helicopter is designed for hot and high environments.

    The ATAK programme was begun to meet the Turkish Armed Forces' requirements for an attack and tactical reconnaissance helicopter. The T129 is the result of the integration of Turkish developed high-tech avionics and weapon systems onto the combat proven Agusta Westland A129 airframe, with upgraded engines, transmission and rotor blades. It is in use by the Turkish Army, and is being offered to other air forces.
    • Unit Cost: US$ 40-63 million
    • Top speed: 280 km/h (174 mph)
    • Range: 561 km (341 miles)
    • Service ceiling: 6,096 m (20,000 ft)
    • Rate of climb: 14.0 m/s (2,750 ft/min)

    7.
    Agusta Westland AW129 Mangusta
    Agusta AW129

    The Agusta A129 Mangusta (English: Mongoose) is an attack helicopter originally designed and produced by Agusta. It has the distinction of being the first attack helicopter to be designed and produced wholly in Europe. It has continued to be developed by Agusta Westland, the successor company to Agusta. The A129 has undergone several combat deployments since entering service with the Italian Army in the 1990s.
    • Unit Cost:  US$ 23-43 million.
    • Top speed: 274 km/h (170 mph)
    • Range: 510 km (317 miles)
    • Service ceiling: 4,725 m (15,500 ft)
    • Rate of climb: 10.2 m/s (2,025 ft/min)

    8.
    MIL Mi-28 Night Hunter
    MIL Mi-28 Night Hunter

    The Mil Mi-28NE (NATO reporting name "Havoc") is a Russian all-weather, day-night, two-seat anti-armour attack helicopter. It is a dedicated attack helicopter with no intended secondary transport capability, better optimized than the Mil Mi-24 for the role. It carries a single gun in an under nose barbette, plus external loads carried on pylons beneath stub wings.
    • Unit Cost:  US$ 18-20 million
    • Top speed: 324 km/h (201 mph)
    • Range: 435 km (270 miles)
    • Service ceiling: 4,950 m (16,250 ft)
    • Rate of climb: 13.6 m/s (2,677 ft/min)

    9.
    AH-1 Super cobra
    AH-1F Super cobra

    The Bell AH-1 Super Cobra is a twin-engine attack helicopter based on the United States Army's AH-1 Cobra. The twin Cobra family includes the AH-1J Sea Cobra, the AH-1T Improved Sea Cobra, and the AH-1W Super Cobra. The AH-1W is the backbone of the United States Marine Corps's attack helicopter fleet, but it will be replaced in service by the Bell AH-1Z Viper upgrade. It has proven its worth in battlefield and mountainous terrains and used effectively by Pakistani military on most difficult terrains.
    • Unit Cost: AH-1W US$ 10.7 million
    • Top speed: 282 km/h (175 mph)
    • Range: 587 km (365 miles)
    • Service ceiling: 3,720 m (12,200 ft )
    • Rate of climb: 8.2 m/s  (1,620 ft/min)

    10.
    Harbin Z-19
    Harbin Z-19

    The Harbin Z-19, also called WZ-19, is a Chinese reconnaissance/attack helicopter developed by Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation (HAMC) for the People's Liberation Army Air Force and the Ground Force Air Force. It is an improved variant of the Harbin Z-9.

    The Z-19 also features armor platings, crash resistant seats, and a turret with FLIR, TV, and laser range finder. The Z-19 is also equipped with advanced helmet mounted sight (HMS), which looks different from that of Z-10.
    • Unit Cost: n/a
    • Top speed: 280 km/h (174 mph)
    • Range: 700 km (435 mi)
    • Service ceiling: 6,000 m (19,685 ft)
    • Rate of climb: 9 m/s (1,800 ft/min)