Attack helicopters

ByUzair Ali

He is in the finance sector


June 11, 2022

Attack helicopters

Uzair Ali presents some wonderful machines

Attack helicopters have proved to be an invaluable contribution to air operations and these machines have come a long way in terms of technological development. Currently manufactured helicopters now come laced by the features that have become standards fitments including a tandem seat with usually a gunner in the front, a pilot in the back, narrow-body, little to no cargo space, armored crew compartment, 20 to 30 mm cannon, shaped charge guided anti-tank missiles (ATGMs), unguided smaller diameter rockets, usually high explosive-fragmentation and nose-mounted sensor suite. As unmanned aerial vehicles become more common, most are integrating short-range air defence features, such as Sidewinder missiles on the tips of the weapons’ pylons or Stinger missiles on the hard-points in Western designs. There is no doubt that attack helicopters are costly and demand significant investment and this is the reason that only a few countries could afford to manufacture them.

Harbin Z-19
Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation (HAMC) created the Harbin Z-19, also known as the WZ-19, a Chinese light reconnaissance/attack helicopter for the People’s Liberation Army Air Force and the Ground Force. It’s a combat variant of the Harbin Z-9, a license-built version of the Eurocopter Dauphin. It was first released in 2012 and is still in active service today.

Sikorsky S-97 Raider
Sikorsky Aircraft might still be developing the S-97 Raider, a high-speed scout and attack compound helicopter based on the Advancing Blade Concept (ABC) with a coaxial rotor system, but it will be in active service sooner than you think. Sikorsky intended to sell it to the US Army’s Armed Aerial Scout program, among other potential uses. Simulated bird impacts testing on the fuselage at speeds up to 435 km/h, the S-97’s estimated maximum flight speed, was done on the fuselage. Drop tests were also carried out to guarantee that the gasoline tanks would be safe in the case of a collision.

Aérospatiale Gazelle
The Aérospatiale Gazelle is a five-seat French helicopter that is frequently employed for light transport, scouting and light attack missions. It has a single Turbomeca Astazou turbine engine and was the first helicopter to use a fenestron tail rotor rather than a normal tail rotor. On the underneath cargo hook, the Gazelle can transport up to five passengers and 1,320 pounds of freight. Armed versions would be equipped with up to four wire-guided anti-tank missiles or a forward-firing 20mm cannon installed on the fuselage sides, with ammunition stored in the cabin.

Eurocopter AS-565 Panther
The military variant of the Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin medium-weight multi-purpose twin-engine helicopter is the AS565 Panther. Combat assault, fire support, anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, search and rescue, and medical evacuation are only some of the military duties performed by the Panther. It is made in the United States, although the French Navy, Brazilian Army and Indonesian Navy are the primary users. The Panther has a top speed of 288 kilometers per hour, a ceiling of 2,415 kilometers per hour and a range of 472 kilometers.

Kamov Ka-60
The Ka-60, the military version of this helicopter type, was first introduced back in 1998 but has since entered something of a development purgatory. Development began as early as 1984, and the first prototype took flight in 2007. The Ka-60 has a crew of one or two, measures 51 ft 2 in. and has a maximum speed of 191 mph.

Black Hawk Utility Helicopter UH/HH-60
At 182 mph, a single Black Hawk helicopter can transport up to 11 soldiers and crew men, outpacing most other helicopters. The Black Hawk is propelled to those speeds by twin GE-700 engines. It has a gross weight of 20,250 pounds and can support an external load of 8,000 pounds and an internal load of 2,640 pounds. It is equipped with two 7.62 mm machine guns and has a crew of two pilots and two crew chiefs. TW



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