Top 10 Military Transport Helicopters

It is not just the payload or troop capacity but numbers built, ease of maintenance, performance and many other factors.

Eurocopter AS332 Super Puma / AS330 Puma
Eurocopter Super Puma

The Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters) AS332 Super Puma is a four-bladed, twin-engine, medium-size utility helicopter developed and marketed by Aérospatiale and Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters). It is an enlarged and re-engineered version of the original Aérospatiale SA 330 Puma. More than 600+ have been built for militaries around the world.

Indonesia's IPTN also built licensed version of it. Currently Pakistan operates 60+ of these Pumas and are also used in Siachen Glacier along with AS350 Ecureuils (the highest & coldest battle ground on Earth 6,000 meters). It is currently operated by militaries of France, UK, Portugal, Morocco, Brazil, Germany, Argentina, Mexico, Spain, Algeria, Tunisia, Romania and Philippines.
  • Capacity: 24 passengers
  • Payload: 8,600 kg (18,960 lb)
  • Unit Cost: US$ 16-18 million, €12-13.4 million

Bell UH-1 (Huey)
Bell UH-1

Ordered into production in March 1960, the UH-1 was the first turbine-powered helicopter to enter production for the United States military, and more than 16,000 have been produced worldwide. Latest version of this helicopter is complete new and is called UH-1Y (Venom).
  • Capacity: 3,880 lb (1,760 kg) including 14 troops, or equivalent cargo
  • Unit Cost: UH-1 (Huey) US$ 15-19 million
  • Unit Cost: UH-1Y (Venom) US$ $25.42 million (Newer version)

Mil Mi-17
Top 10 Military Transport Helicopters

The Mil Mi-17 (NATO reporting name "Hip") is a Russian helicopter in production at two factories in Kazan and Ulan-Ude. It is known as the Mi-8M series in Russian service. It is a medium twin-turbine transport helicopter. There are also armed gunship versions. It is operated by more than 110 countries around the world. Many armies and air forces on Earth operate this helicopter. More than 12,000 Mi-17s have been built for military and civilian market. It is used by Pakistan, China in huge numbers and it is being used in tough battle conditions, difficult mountainous terrains.
  • Operated by: 110 Countries 
  • Flying Hours: 10 Million
  • Capacity: 30 troops or 4,000 kg (8,820 lb)
  • Cargo 5,000 kg (11,023 lb) externally slung.
  • Unit cost: US$ 12-16 million

AgustaWestland AW101
Agusta AW101

The Agusta Westland AW101 is a medium-lift helicopter used in both military and civil applications. It was developed by joint venture between Westland Helicopters in the UK and Agusta in Italy in response to national requirements for a modern naval utility helicopter.
  • Capacity: 26 troops (38 passengers) or 5 tonnes of payload
  • Unit cost: US$ 21 million

Sikorsky MH-53E Sea Dragon
Sikorsky Sea Dragon

The Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion is the largest and heaviest helicopter in the United States military. As the Sikorsky S-80 it was developed from the CH-53 Sea Stallion, mainly by adding a third engine, adding a seventh blade to the main rotor and canting the tail rotor 20 degrees. It was built by Sikorsky Aircraft for the United States Marine Corps.

The MH-53E Sea Dragon fills the United States Navy's need for long range heavy-lift duties. Under development is the CH-53K, which will be equipped with new engines, new composite rotor blades, and a wider cabin. Its newer version is called King Stallion and going to be inducted from 2018. It will be the heaviest helicopter in the United States military when inducted.
  • Capacity: 37-55 troops
  • Payload: internal: 30,000 lb or 13,600 kg (external: 32,000 lb or 14,500 kg) cargo
  • Unit cost: US$ 59 million

NHIndustries NH90 (NFH)
NHIndustries NH90 (NFH)

The flight envelope of the NH90 is capable of all-weather day-and-night operations, ship-borne operations during high sea states, across a temperature range from -40 Celcius to +50 Celcius, and up to a maximum altitude of 20,000 feet. Its service ceiling is 6,000 m (20,000 ft) and has top speed of 300 km/h (162 knots, 186 mph). It can accomplish missions upto the range of 1,000 km, (621 mi, 540 nmi) - for NFH version.
  • Capacity: 20 seated troops; or 12 medevac stretchers
  • Payload: 2 NATO pallets; or 4,000 kg (8,818 lb) external slung load
  • Unit Cost: US$ 59 million (€ 43.3 million)

Boeing CH-47 Chinook
Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter

The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is an American twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopter. Its primary roles are troop movement, artillery placement and battlefield resupply. It has a wide loading ramp at the rear of the fuselage and three external-cargo hooks. With a top speed of 315 km/h (196 mph) the helicopter is faster than contemporary 1960s utility and attack helicopters. The CH-47 is among the heaviest lifting Western helicopters. Its name is from the Native American Chinook people.
  • Capacity: 33–55 troops
  • Payload: 28,000 lb (12,700 kg) cargo
  • Unit cost: US$38.55 million (CH-47F)

Bell Boeing V 22 Osprey
Bell Boeing V 22

The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey is an American multi-mission, military, tilt rotor aircraft with both a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL), and short take-off and landing (STOL) capability. It is designed to combine the functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft.
  • Capacity: 24 troops (seated), 32 troops (floor loaded), or 20,000 lb (9,070 kg) of internal cargo, or up to 15,000 lb (6,800 kg) of external cargo (dual hook)
  • Unit Cost: US$ 69.3 million (MV-22)

Mil Mi-26

The Mil Mi-26 (Russian: Миль Ми-26, NATO reporting name: Halo), given the product code izdeliye 90, is a Soviet/Russian heavy transport helicopter. In service with civilian and military operators, it is the largest and most powerful helicopter ever to have gone into production.
  • Capacity: 90 troops or 20,000 kg (44,090 lb) cargo
  • Unit Cost: US$ 20-26 million

Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk
Sikorsky Black Hawk

The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk is a four-bladed, twin-engine, medium-lift utility helicopter manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft. Sikorsky submitted the S-70 design for the United States Army's Utility Tactical Transport Aircraft System (UTTAS) competition in 1972. The Army designated the prototype as the YUH-60A and selected the Black Hawk as the winner of the program in 1976, after a fly-off competition with the Boeing Vertol YUH-61.Eurocopter EC725.
  • Capacity: 2,640 lb (1,200 kg) of cargo internally, including 11 troops or 8,000 lb (3,600 kg) (UH-60A) or 9,000 lb (4,100 kg) (UH-60L) of cargo externally
  • Unit cost: US$ 21.3 million (UH-60)