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AH-64D Anti-tank helicopters are specialized rotorcraft designed to engage and destroy armored vehicles, particularly tanks. These helicopters are equipped with advanced targeting systems and heavy anti-tank weaponry to effectively neutralize armored threats. Here are a few notable examples of anti-tank helicopters:

AH-64 Apache: The AH-64 Apache is a renowned attack helicopter used by the United States Army and several other countries. It is armed with a 30mm M230 chain gun and can carry a combination of air-to-ground missiles, rockets, and Hellfire anti-tank missiles. The Apache is highly versatile and has proven its effectiveness in various conflicts.

Mi-24 Hind: The Mi-24 Hind is a Russian-made attack helicopter that has been widely exported and used by numerous countries. It can be equipped with a mix of rockets, anti-tank missiles, and a 12.7mm machine gun. The Hind is known for its robustness and has served in various conflicts across the globe.

Eurocopter Tiger (Airbus Tiger): As mentioned earlier, the Eurocopter Tiger (now Airbus Tiger) is a multirole attack helicopter that can perform anti-tank missions. It is armed with a range of air-to-ground missiles, rockets, and anti-tank guided missiles like the Hellfire. The Tiger has been deployed in combat situations and has demonstrated its anti-tank capabilities.

Kamov Ka-50/52 Hokum: The Kamov Ka-50 (single-seat) and Ka-52 (two-seat) Hokum helicopters are Russian attack helicopters designed for anti-armor operations. They are armed with a 30mm autocannon, guided anti-tank missiles, unguided rockets, and air-to-air missiles for self-defense. The Ka-52 is also equipped with a mast-mounted radar for enhanced target detection.

Denel Rooivalk: The Denel Rooivalk is a South African attack helicopter specifically developed for anti-armor and anti-helicopter operations. It is armed with a 20mm cannon, anti-tank guided missiles, and unguided rockets. The Rooivalk has been optimized for the challenging African battlefield and has demonstrated its capabilities in combat.

These are just a few examples of anti-tank helicopters, and there are other models and variants available around the world. Anti-tank helicopters play a crucial role in modern warfare, providing air support and firepower against armored threats on the battlefield.


frgermany Eurocopter Tiger

➾ FF 1991, S2003, 180 Produced. Operators frgermanyaustraliaSpain

The Eurocopter Tiger, now known as the Airbus Tiger, is a multirole attack helicopter developed by Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters). It is a result of a collaborative effort between France and Germany. The Tiger was designed to perform a wide range of missions, including armed reconnaissance, close air support, anti-tank warfare, and escort missions. Here are some key features and information about the Eurocopter Tiger:

Design and Features:Tandem-seat cockpit (pilot in the rear, co-pilot/gunner front). Narrow fuselage with stepped tandem cockpits sleek design incorporating stealth technology to reduce its radar signature. It is armed with a chin-mounted 30mm cannon, air-to-air missiles for self-defense, and several types of air-to-ground missiles, rockets, and anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs). It can carry its weapons on external hardpoints, as well as integrated pylons.

The Tiger is equipped with advanced avionics and mission systems to enhance its operational capabilities. It features a sophisticated electronic warfare suite, night vision compatibility, helmet-mounted displays, and a digital battlefield management system. It also has a high-performance sensor suite, including a mast-mounted sight, forward-looking infrared (FLIR) system, and a laser rangefinder/designator.

Power and Performance: The Tiger is powered by two turboshaft engines, providing it with high agility and maneuverability. It has a maximum speed of around 290 km/h (180 mph) and a range of approximately 800 kilometers (500 miles). The helicopter can operate at high altitudes and is capable of conducting operations in various environmental conditions. Service and Operators: The Tiger has been in service with the French Army and the German Army since the early 2000s. It has also been exported to other countries, including Spain and Australia. The Tiger has seen operational deployment in various conflicts and has demonstrated its effectiveness in combat situations.
HAP Tiger Germany
German Tiger

⚙ Specifications

Dimensions14.08 x 3.83 m (46 ft 2 in x 12 ft 7 in)
Rotor4 blades, 13 m (42 ft 8 in) 132.75 m2
Weight (L/G/MTO)3,060 kg/5,090 kg/6,000 kg (13,228 lb)
Crew2: pilot and weapon systems officer
Powerplant2× MTR MTR390 Turbo 2x 972 kW (1,303 shp)
Top speed/Cruiser speed290-315 km/h (180 mph, 160 kn) with rotor head mast
Ceiling4,000 m (13,000 ft)
Climb Rate10.7 m/s (2,110 ft/min)
Range1,080 kg (2,381 lb) fuel, 800 km (500 mi, 430 nmi)
ArmamentSee notes

USA Boeing AH-64 Apache

➾ Produced to c2,400 machines from 1982. Operators USAaustralia

The Boeing AH-64 Apache is an attack helicopter primarily used by the United States Army, as well as several other countries. It is a versatile and heavily armed platform designed for various combat missions, including anti-armor, close air support, reconnaissance, and escort operations. Here are some key features and information about the AH-64 Apache:

Design and Features: The AH-64 Apache has a twin-engine design with a tandem-seat cockpit, accommodating a pilot and a co-pilot/gunner. Its fuselage is armored to provide protection against small arms fire and some projectiles. The helicopter incorporates stealth technology to reduce its radar signature and has advanced composite rotor blades for improved performance. Armament: The Apache is armed with a 30mm M230 chain gun mounted under the nose, capable of firing a variety of ammunition types. It can carry a combination of air-to-ground missiles, such as the AGM-114 Hellfire anti-tank missile, and Hydra 70 rockets in its stub wings. The Hellfire missile is particularly effective against armored targets, including tanks.

Avionics and Systems: The Apache is equipped with advanced avionics and targeting systems. It features a helmet-mounted display for the crew, enabling them to visually designate targets and cue the helicopter's weapons systems. The aircraft also has a Longbow fire control radar, which allows for autonomous detection, tracking, and engagement of targets. Power and Performance: The Apache is powered by two turboshaft engines, providing it with excellent maneuverability and performance. It has a maximum speed of around 293 km/h (182 mph) and a range of approximately 480 kilometers (300 miles). The helicopter can operate at high altitudes and adverse weather conditions.

Service and Operators: The AH-64 Apache has been in service with the United States Army since the early 1980s. It has also been exported to several other countries, including the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Japan, Israel, and others. The Apache has seen active duty in various conflicts worldwide and has proven its effectiveness in combat operations.

The AH-64 Apache has undergone several upgrades and modernization efforts over the years, improving its capabilities and maintaining its relevance on the modern battlefield. It remains one of the most advanced and widely used attack helicopters globally.

⚙ Specifications

Dimensions58 ft 2 in x 49 ft 5 in x 12 ft 8 in (17.73 x 15.06 x 3.87 m)
Rotor4-blades, 48 ft (14.63 m), 1,908.5 sq ft
Weight (L/G/MTO)11,387 lb/17,650 lb/23,000 lb (10,433 kg)
Crew2: pilot and co-pilot/gunner
Powerplant2× GE T700-GE-701 turbo 1,690 shp (1,260 kW) each
Top speed/Cruise speed158 kn (182 mph, 293 km/h)
Ceiling20,000 ft (6,100 m)
Climb Rate?
Range257 nmi (296 mi, 476 km) combat 260 nmi
Armament1×30 mm M230 Chain Gun (1,200 rds), AGM-114 Hellfire/AGM-65 Maverick, see notes

soviet cold war Mil Mi-24 Hind (1969)

➾ Produced to 2,648 machines from 1972. Still produced. 67 Operators.

The Mil Mi-24 Hind is a large, heavily armed attack helicopter developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War. It was designed as a multipurpose helicopter capable of performing various roles, including close air support, ground attack, and troop transport. Thus, it was also able to perform antitank missiones when needed. It was one of the most feared helicopter pof the Warsaw Pact, althought its aura somewhat shaded in the Afghan war. The Mi-24 is known for its distinctive tandem cockpit arrangement, with the pilot sitting in the rear and the weapons operator/gunner in the front.

Design and Armament: The Mi-24 features a robust, heavily armored fuselage to protect its crew and vital components. It has a tandem cockpit configuration, with the gunner/operator seated in the front and the pilot in the rear. The helicopter is equipped with various offensive weapons, including a chin-mounted turret with a 12.7mm machine gun, rocket pods, anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), and bombs. The armament can vary depending on the specific variant and mission requirements. Against tanks, the "Hind" possesses a large payload: UB-16 S-5 and UB-32 S-5, B-8V20 rocket launchers, S-24 240 mm rocket, and the 9M17 Fleyta and 9K114 Shturm in pairs on the outer and wingtip pylons and the always trusted UPK-23-250 gunpod for the GSh-23L firing if needed AP shells. The Mi-24 is also well protected from AA fire thanks to its armored cell.

Transport Capacity: The Mi-24 can carry up to eight fully equipped troops in its cabin or alternatively transport cargo internally. Troops can access the cabin through a large rear ramp, which can also be used for rapid deployment of troops during combat operations. This could be an antitank team, carrying it's own portable AT missile battery, adding to the helicopter own capabilities.

Performance: The Mi-24 is powered by two turboshaft engines, providing it with significant power and agility. The helicopter has a maximum speed of around 335 km/h (208 mph) and a range of approximately 450 km (280 miles) without external fuel tanks. The model saw several variants and upgrades over the years, Mi-24A, Mi-24D, Mi-24P, and Mi-24V with specific improvements in terms of avionics, weapon systems, and overall capabilities.

Service and Influence: The Mi-24 Hind has been widely exported to various countries and has seen extensive combat service in conflicts around the world. It has been used by numerous nations, including Russia, former Soviet states, and other countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Fast, versatile, powerful and robust, it is still one of the very best attack helicopter ever designed.

Blueprint of the type

⚙ Mi-24D Specifications

Dimensions17.5/ x 6.5 x (57 ft 5 in/ x 21 ft 4 in)
Rotor17.3 m (56 ft 9 in) 235.1 m2 (2,531 sq ft), with fuselage 19.79 meters oa (65 ft)
Weight (L/G/MTO)8,500 kg (18,739 lb)/12,000 kg (26,455 lb)
Crew2-3 pilot, weapons system officer and technician, 8 troops
Powerplant2x Isotov TV3-117 turboshaft 1,600 kW (2,200 shp)
Top speed/Cruise speed335 km/h (208 mph, 181 kn)
Ceiling4,900 m (16,100 ft)
Climb Rate?
Range450 km (280 mi, 240 nmi)
ArmamentSee notes

ItalyLeonardo AW249

➾ Production awaited 2024+

The Leonardo Helicopters AW249 Fenice (English: Phoenix) is an attack helicopter project under development by the Italian firm Leonardo S.p.A. Development of the AW249 formally started upon receipt of a €487 million contract from the Italian Army as a replacement for the Agusta A129 Mangusta. It is to be larger, more survivable, and have greater autonomy than the Mangusta, incorporating stealth technologies and mission systems to control unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)s. Numerous mature technologies will also be incorporated, such as the OTO Melara TM197B 20 mm chin-mounted cannon, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Toplite targeting system and Spike missile, it is intended for the AW249 to have lower operating costs than the preceding Mangusta. Leonardo is actively seeking partners to collaborate on the AW249; a letter of intent on this matter was signed with the Polish Armaments Group during July 2018. The maiden flight of the AW249 was originally scheduled to take place during 2020, but flew for the first time on 12 August 2022 from the company’s plant in Vergiate. There are to be a single prototype and three pre-serial production rotorcraft built ahead of quantity production AW249s. As per the original timetable released in 2017, the AW249 was to be in service by 2025 to enable the retirement of the Mangusta to commence.

Leonardo Helicopters AW249

⚙ Specifications

Weight (L/G/MTO)7,500–8,000 kg (16,535–17,637 lb)
Powerplant2× GE CT7-8E6 turboshaft, 1,900 kW (2,500 shp)
Top speed/Cruise speed259 km/h (161 mph, 140 kn)
Ceiling6,100 m (20,000 ft)
Climb RateUnknown
RangeThree hours,
ArmamentPayload 1,800 kg, OTO Melara TM197B cannon, RAFAEL Spike missiles

Germany ww2 Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk

➾ Produced to 5,000

The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk is a four-blade, twin-engine, medium-lift utility military helicopter from Sikorsky Aircraft. The S-70 design was proposed to for the UTTAS competition in 1972. The YUH-60A was the winner of the program in 1976 and entered service in 1979. Among all the variants, the MH-60L DAP was developed as the "The Direct Action Penetrator", a special operations modification (MH-60L) used by the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. A gunship without troops,with ESSS or ETS stub wings is armed with the M230 Chain Gun 30 mm automatic cannon, 19-shot Hydra 70 rocket pod, AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, AIM-92 Stinger air-to-air missiles, GAU-19 gun pods, and M134 minigun pods.

Profile of the MH-60L DAP

⚙ Specifications

Dimensions64 ft 10 in x 7 ft 9 in x 16 ft 10 in
Rotor53 ft 8 in (16.36 m), 2,260 sq ft (210 m2)
Weight (L/G/MTO)12,511/22,000 Ib. Cap. 3,190 lb (1,450 kg)
Crew2 pilots+2 crew chiefs/gunners
Powerplant2× General Electric T700-GE-701C/D turboshaft engines, 1,994 shp
Top speed/Cruise speed159 kn (183 mph, 294 km/h)/152 kn (175 mph, 282 km/h)
Ceiling19,000 ft (5,800 m)
Climb Rate1,646 ft/min (8.36 m/s)
Range320 nmi (370 mi, 590 km), Ferry range 1,199 nmi
Armament4x AGM-114 Hellfire laser guided air-to-ground missiles, see notes

Germany cold war MBB Bo 105

➾ Produced to 1500+

The Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm Bo 105 is a light, twin-engine, multi-purpose helicopter. Main design was started by Bölkow of Ottobrunn in West Germany by the early 1960s. The prototype first flew in 1967. It was the first light twin-engine helicopter in the world also capable of aerobatic maneuvers. It is featuring a hingeless rotor system, an innovation in helicopters back in 1970. Production was ramped up between Germany and Canada for a total of 1500+, with extensions to Spain, Indonesia, and the Philippines. MBB merged with Eurocopter in 1991 and production ceased by 2001, formally replaced by the EC135.

The MBB Bo 105 proved a remarkably adaptable helicopter, used for SAR, reconnaissance and transport, as well as ASW patrol from ships and anti-tank combat. The main version for this use was the 1975 Bo 105P/PAH-1 armed with wire-guided HOT ATGMs in service with the Bundeswehr as the Panzerabwehrhubschrauber-1. It replaced the Aerospatiale Gazelle. The Bo 105P/PAH-1A1 was an Upgraded variant of the 1980s which was ported as standard on most remaining helicopters. The Bo 105P/PAH-1 Phase 2 was a further planned upgraded version with infra-red roof mounted sight for HOT-2 missiles but it was cancelled by 1993. It was itself gradually replaced on the late 1990s by the new Eurocopter Tiger. Not scrapped ones were converted to the VBH version.

Range of armament, ancient 1980s publication

⚙ BO 105P AH1 Specifications

Dimensions11.86 x 3 m (38 ft 11 in x 9 ft 10 in)
RotorNACA 23012, 9.84 m (32 ft 3 in), 76.05 m2 (818.6 sq ft)
Weight (L/G/MTO)1,276 kg (2,813 lb)/2,500 kg (5,512 lb)
Crew1-2 pilots, 4 passengers
Powerplant2× Allison 250-C20B 310 kW (420 shp) each
Top speed/Cruise speed242 km/h/204 km/h (127 mph, 110 kn)
Ceiling5,200 m (17,000 ft)
Climb Rate8.00 m/s (1,575 ft/min)
Range570 L (150 US gal; 130 imp gal), 657/1,112 km, 3 hr 30 min
Armament2x3 HOT or 2x4 BGM-71 TOW