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Top 9 Attack Helicopters
Often we receive many questions which is the best attack helicopter in the world. Which is the
greatest modern gunship and why. Our Top 9 analysis is based on the combined score of
performance, firepower, protection and avionics. We use specifications for comparison and
available data. This list do not includes gunships, that are currently in development or at the
prototype stage. It includes only best helicopters that are currently in service and in production. All
of the attack helicopters mentioned here are incredibly powerful and devastating. Crew training of
the helicopter is also important, as performance of the actual machine depends from the crew
Nr.1 Boeing AH-64D Longbow Apache (USA)
The Longbow Apache is fitted with a mast mounted antenna with new fire control radar. This
attack helicopter can fire Hellfire 2 air-to-ground missiles in fire-and-forget mode. Other
improvements include targeting, battle management system, cockpit, communications, weapons
and navigation systems. The gunship is also fitted with a 30-mm cannon.
Entering service in 1995, early aircraft lack the radar system fitted to the definitive AH-64D
Longbow Apache that followed from 1997. Early in 1999 the US Army finally decided that 530 AH-
64As would be upgraded to D standard, for which 500 Longbow systems would be procured, and
that the other 218 surviving AH-64As would be passed to the Air National Guard
The AH-64D is also in service with Israel, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom
Top 9 Attack Helicopters
Currently top 9 best attack helicopters in the world are these:
The AH-64D is an upgraded version of the original AH-64A, which was developed for the US
Army, to replace the AH-1 Cobra. The Longbow Apache saw combat during recent wars in Iraq
and Afghanistan.