Helicopter Overview

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Introduction

This list is intended as a short guide to the helicopters that may be encountered on an operation.
The aim of this guide is to increase identification, threat assessment and general knowledge of helicopters to improve contact reports and battlefield awareness.

NATO

Hummingbird / AH-9 Little Bird

Hummingbird / AH-9 Little Bird

http://i.imgur.com/p0JgpYf.jpg

Variant Hummingbird MH-9 Little Bird (Black) MH-9 Little Bird (ACU)
Type Transport Helicopter Transport Helicopter Transport Helicopter
Top Speed 245 kph 245 kph 245 kph
Crew 1 Pilot
1 Copilot
6 Passengers
1 Pilot
1 Copilot
6 Passengers
1 Pilot
1 Copilot
6 Passengers
FFV Four bench seats Four bench seats Four bench seats

Description
Small transport helicopter, able to rapidly insert into small LZs. Has 168 Chaff Flare rounds.
Threat assessment
Low. Almost no armor and the passenger seats are exposed to the outside, making the crew and passengers vulnerable to small arms fire.
Identification
Very small helicopter, large bubble cockpit windows, seat benches on the side, above the skids.
Tips
Use primarily for fast insertions into semi-safe LZs, as it cannot withstand a lot of fire. Can be used when other helicopters would be too large to land.

AH-9 Pawnee / AH-9 Little Bird

AH-9 Pawnee / AH-9 Little Bird

http://i.imgur.com/FOQOBnu.jpg

Variant AH-9 Pawnee AH-9 Little Bird (Black) AH-9 Little Bird (ACU)
Type CAS Helicopter CAS Helicopter CAS Helicopter
Top Speed 245 kph 245 kph 245 kph
Crew 1 Pilot
1 Copilot
1 Pilot
1 Copilot
1 Pilot
1 Copilot
FFV no no no
Variant Slot Weapon Ammunition Rate of Fire
AH-9 Pawnee Pilot 2x M134 7.62mm Minigun 5000 Rounds 2000/4000 RPM
2x DAR Rocket Pod 24 Rockets 750 RPM (1x / 2x / 4x Burst)
AH-9 Little Bird (Black) Pilot 2x M134 7.62mm Minigun 5000 Rounds 2000/4000 RPM
2x DAR Rocket Pod 24 Rockets 750 RPM (1x / 2x / 4x Burst)
AH-9 Little Bird (ACU) Pilot 2x M134 7.62mm Minigun 5000 Rounds 2000/4000 RPM
2x DAR Rocket Pod 24 Rockets 750 RPM (1x / 2x / 4x Burst)

Description
Small attack helicopter, able to provide gun and rocket CAS runs. Has 168 Chaff Flare rounds.
Threat assessment
Low-medium. Fixed weapons limit the Pawnee to strafing runs, but the minguns and rockets can deal significant damage. Low armor makes the Pawnee vulnerable to small arms fire though.
Identification
Very small helicopter, large bubble cockpit windows, miniguns and rocket pods on the sides, just above the skids.
Tips
Use small size and maneuverability as advantage and do not stay in hot AOs for too long. Fast strafing runs and exfils are the safest option.

UH-80 Ghosthawk

UH-80 Ghosthawk

http://i.imgur.com/DeDSdrX.jpg

Variant UH-80 Ghosthawk UH-80 Ghosthawk (Camo) UH-80 Ghosthawk (Desert)
Type Transport Helicopter Transport Helicopter Transport Helicopter
Top Speed 300 kph 300 kph 300 kph
Crew 1 Pilot
1 Copilot
2 Gunners
8 Passengers
1 Pilot
1 Copilot
2 Gunners
8 Passengers
1 Pilot
1 Copilot
2 Gunners
8 Passengers
FFV no no no
Variant Slot Weapon Ammunition Rate of Fire
UH-80 Ghosthawk Gunner 6.5mm Minigun 2000 Rounds 4000 RPM
Gunner 6.5mm Minigun 2000 Rounds 4000 RPM
UH-80 Ghosthawk (Camo) Gunner 6.5mm Minigun 2000 Rounds 4000 RPM
Gunner 6.5mm Minigun 2000 Rounds 4000 RPM
UH-80 Ghosthawk (Desert) Gunner 6.5mm Minigun 2000 Rounds 4000 RPM
Gunner 6.5mm Minigun 2000 Rounds 4000 RPM

Description
Transport helicopter, able to insert an infantry section, while providing limited fire support with two miniguns. Has 168 Chaff Flare rounds.
Threat assessment
Low. Primarily a transport helicopter, the miniguns are mostly useful for suppressive fire. Can take a reasonable amount of punishment.
Identification
Medium sized helicopter, rather angular, following a "stealth" design.
Tips
Should not be used under heavy fire, as the helicopter lacks heavy armor. Durable enough to be used under sporadic small arms fire though. Use miniguns to suppress the enemy.

UH-60 Black Hawk

UH-60 Black Hawk

http://i.imgur.com/m84eBAt.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/rfJexFc.jpg

Variant UH-60M UH-60M MEV UH-60M MEV (ESSS)
Type Transport Helicopter MEDEVAC Helicopter MEDEVAC Helicopter
Top Speed 295 kph 295 kph 295 kph
Crew 1 Pilot
1 Copilot
2 Gunners
12 Passengers
1 Pilot
1 Copilot
10 Passengers
1 Pilot
1 Copilot
10 Passengers
FFV 4; 2 Seats per side 4; 2 Seats per side no
Variant Slot Weapon Ammunition Rate of Fire
UH-60M Gunner M134 7.62mm Minigun 5000 Rounds 2000 RPM
Gunner 7.62mm Minigun 5000 Rounds 4000 RPM

Description
Transport helicopter, able to insert an infantry section, while providing limited fire support with two miniguns. Medical variants act as MEDEVAC choppers, enabling medics to perform field surgery. Has 168 Chaff Flare rounds.
Threat assessment
Low. Primarily a transport helicopter, the miniguns are mostly useful for suppressive fire. Can take a reasonable amount of punishment. Medical variants are unarmed.
Identification
Medium sized helicopter, more rounded in shape than the Ghosthawk. Medical variants come with large red crosses and the ESSS variant with two extra fuel pods on the side.
Tips
Medical choppers are not to be used on the frontlines. Transport version can withstand some limited small arms fire if necessary.

UH-1Y Huey

UH-1Y Huey

http://i.imgur.com/vLZoQfO.jpg

Variant UH-1Y (Unarmed) UH-1Y (FFAR) UH-1Y (FFAR/MG)
Type Transport Helicopter Transport Helicopter Transport Helicopter
Top Speed 295 kph 295 kph 295 kph
Crew 1 Pilot
1 Copilot
9 Passengers
1 Pilot
1 Copilot
9 Passengers
1 Pilot
1 Copilot
2 Gunners
7 Passengers
FFV 8; 4 Seats per side 8; 4 Seats per side 6; 3 Seats per side
Variant Slot Weapon Ammunition Rate of Fire
UH-1Y (FFAR) Pilot LAU-61/A HE Rocket Pods 14 Rockets 750 RPM
UH-1Y (FFAR/MG) Pilot LAU-61/A HE Rocket Pods 14 Rockets 750 RPM
Gunner M134 7.62mm Minigun 5000 Rounds 4000 RPM
Gunner M134 7.62mm Minigun 5000 Rounds 2000 RPM

Description
Transport helicopter, able to insert an infantry section, while providing limited fire support with rocket pods an miniguns. Has 168 Flare rounds (Fired in bursts of 12).
Threat assessment
Low-medium. Primarily a transport helicopter, but can provide limited CAS with the rocket pods and miniguns in the FFAR/MG variant.
Identification
Medium sized helicopter, with a more pronounced nose than the Black Hawk. Armed variants with small rocket pods on the sides.
Tips
Hueys have a lot of FFV seats, so the transported infantry can provide its own covering fire while landing, substantially increasing the firepower of the helicopter.

CH-47F Chinook

CH-47F Chinook

http://i.imgur.com/gJQtybR.jpg

Variant CH-47F
Type Transport Helicopter
Top Speed 293 kph
Crew 1 Pilot
1 Copilot
24 Passengers
FFV 2 rearmost seats
Variant Slot Weapon Ammunition Rate of Fire
CH-47F Gunner M134 7.62mm Minigun 5000 Rounds 4000 RPM
Gunner M134 7.62mm Minigun 5000 Rounds 2000 RPM

Description
Heavy transport helicopter, able to insert an entire infantry platoon, and lift vehicles into the AO. Has 168 Flare rounds (Fired in bursts of 24).
Threat assessment
Low. Primarily a heavy transport helicopter, it has two miniguns for self-defense and suppressive fire.
Identification
Large, tube shaped helicopter with two rotors; one in the front, one in the back.
Tips
Chinooks can take a reasonable amount of punishment, but lack agility. Can be used to transport large numbers of infantry and vehicles into the AO.

CH-67 Huron

CH-67 Huron

http://i.imgur.com/Zu1iQdu.jpg

Variant CH-67 Huron (Unarmed) CH-67 Huron
Type Transport Helicopter Transport Helicopter
Top Speed 300 kph 300 kph
Crew 1 Pilot
1 Copilot
12 Passengers
1 Pilot
1 Copilot
12 Passengers
FFV 4; 2 rearmost seats, 2 side windows 2 rearmost seats
Variant Slot Weapon Ammunition Rate of Fire
CH-67 Huron Gunner 6.5mm Minigun 2000 Rounds 4000 RPM
Gunner 6.5mm Minigun 2000 Rounds 4000 RPM

Description
Modern variant of the Chinook, shares most of its characteristics, but has only half the carrying capacity. Has 168 Flare rounds.
Threat assessment
Low. Primarily a heavy transport helicopter, the armed variant has two miniguns for self-defense and suppressive fire.
Identification
Large, tube shaped helicopter with two rotors; one in the front, one in the back. More angular than the Chinook.
Tips
Can take a reasonable amount of punishment, but lacks agility. Can be used to transport infantry and vehicles into the AO.

AH-64D Apache

AH-64D Apache

http://i.imgur.com/zVMXNkx.jpg

Variant AH-64D (AA) AH-64D (Close-Support) AH-64D (Ground Suppression) AH-64D (Multi-Role)
Type Attack Helicopter Attack Helicopter Attack Helicopter Attack Helicopter
Top Speed 293 kph 293 kph 293 kph 293 kph
Crew 1 Pilot
1 Gunner
1 Pilot
1 Gunner
1 Pilot
1 Gunner
1 Pilot
1 Gunner
FFV no no no no
Variant Slot Weapon Ammunition Rate of Fire
AH-64D (AA) Pilot LAU-61/A HE Rocket Pods 38 Rockets 750 RPM
Gunner M230 30mm Chaingun 1200 Rounds 625 RPM
AGM-114L Hellfire II Missile 8 Missiles 60 RPM
AIM-9X Sidewinder AA Missile 2 Missiles 600 RPM
Laser Designator n/a n/a
AH-64D (Close-Support) Gunner M230 30mm Chaingun 1200 Rounds 625 RPM
AGM-114L Hellfire II Missile 16 Missiles 60 RPM
Laser Designator n/a n/a
AH-64D (Ground Suppression) Pilot LAU-61/A HE Rocket Pods 76 Rockets 750 RPM
Gunner M230 30mm Chaingun 1200 Rounds 625 RPM
Laser Designator n/a n/a
AH-64D (Multi-Role) Pilot LAU-61/A HE Rocket Pods 38 Rockets 750 RPM
Gunner M230 30mm Chaingun 1200 Rounds 625 RPM
AGM-114L Hellfire II Missile 8 Missiles 60 RPM
Laser Designator n/a n/a

Description
Modern attack helicopter. Comes in different variants depending on the intended role, from anti-tank to anti-infantry versions. Has 168 Chaff Flare rounds.
Threat assessment
High. The chaingun can deal enormous damage to infantry and light armored vehicles. Hellfires can destroy tanks in few hits, and rocket pods can be used for further suppression of infantry.
Identification
Medium-sized helicopter, with the pilot sitting behind the gunner. Weapons mounted below stubby wings below the tuboshaft engines, and large radar mast above the rotors.
Tips
Keeping a high altitude helps to reduce incoming fire. Staying low and behind defilade and popping up to take a shot is the preferred tactic when engaging vehicle targets.

AH-1Z Viper

AH-1Z Viper

http://i.imgur.com/Exyx7N0.jpg

Variant AH-1Z (Close-Support) AH-1Z (Ground Suppression) AH-1Z (Multi-Role)
Type Attack Helicopter Attack Helicopter Attack Helicopter
Top Speed 293 kph 293 kph 293 kph
Crew 1 Pilot
1 Gunner
1 Pilot
1 Gunner
1 Pilot
1 Gunner
FFV no no no
Variant Slot Weapon Ammunition Rate of Fire
AH-1Z (Close-Support) Gunner M197 20mm Gatling Cannon 750 Rounds 625 RPM
AGM-114L Hellfire II Missile 16 Missiles 60 RPM
AIM-9X Sidewinder AA Missile 2 Missiles 600 RPM
Laser Designator n/a n/a
AH-1Z (Ground Suppression) Pilot LAU-61/A HE Rocket Pods 76 Rockets 750 RPM
Gunner M197 20mm Gatling Cannon 750 Rounds 625 RPM
AIM-9X Sidewinder AA Missile 2 Missiles 600 RPM
Laser Designator n/a n/a
AH-1Z (Multi-Role) Pilot LAU-61/A HE Rocket Pods 38 Rockets 750 RPM
Gunner M197 20mm Gatling Cannon 750 Rounds 625 RPM
AGM-114L Hellfire II Missile 8 Missiles 60 RPM
AIM-9X Sidewinder AA Missile 2 Missiles 600 RPM
Laser Designator n/a n/a

Description
Modern attack helicopter. Comes in different variants depending on the intended role, from anti-tank to anti-infantry versions. Has 168 Chaff Flare rounds.
Threat assessment
High. The autocannon can deal damage to infantry and light armored vehicles. Hellfires can destroy tanks in few hits, and rocket pods can be used for further suppression of infantry.
Identification
Medium-sized helicopter, with the pilot sitting behind the gunner. Narrower profile than the Apache, with larger cockpit windows.
Tips
Keeping a high altitude helps to reduce incoming fire. Staying low and behind defilade and popping up to take a shot is the preferred tactic when engaging vehicle targets.

AH-99 Blackfoot / RAH-66 Comanche

AH-99 Blackfoot / RAH-66 Comanche

http://i.imgur.com/IPhvEqW.jpg

Variant AH-99 Blackfoot RAH-66 Comanche (Desert) RAH-66 Comanche (CAS)
Type Attack Helicopter Attack Helicopter Attack Helicopter
Top Speed 365 kph 365 kph 365 kph
Crew 1 Pilot
1 Gunner
1 Pilot
1 Gunner
1 Pilot
1 Gunner
FFV no no no
Variant Slot Weapon Ammunition Rate of Fire
AH-99 Blackfoot Gunner XM301 20mm Gatling Cannon 1000 Rounds 1500 RPM
DAGR Missile Launcher 24 Missiles 300 RPM
AIM-92 AA Missile Launcher 4 Missiles 600 RPM
Laser Designator n/a n/a
RAH-66 Comanche (Desert) Gunner XM301 20mm Gatling Cannon 1000 Rounds 1500 RPM
DAGR Missile Launcher 24 Missiles 300 RPM
AIM-92 AA Missile Launcher 4 Missiles 600 RPM
Laser Designator n/a n/a
RAH-66 Comanche (CAS) Pilot DAR Rocket Launcher 24 Rockets 750 RPM
Gunner XM301 20mm Gatling Cannon 1000 Rounds 1500 RPM
AGM-114N Thermobaric Missile Launcher 2 Missiles 60 RPM
AGM-114K HEAT Missile Launcher 2 Missiles 60 RPM
Laser Designator n/a n/a

Description
Modern attack helicopter. Carries payload in internal weapons bays to maintain stealth capabilities. Has 168 Chaff Flare rounds.
Threat assessment
High. The autocannon can deal damage to infantry and light armored vehicles. DAGR missiles can be used to take out vehicle targets, while the Sidewinders can target enemy air assets.
Identification
Medium-sized helicopter, with the pilot sitting behind the gunner. Angular, with very large cockpit windows and an encased tail rotor.
Tips
Keeping a high altitude helps to reduce incoming fire. Staying low and behind defilade and popping up to take a shot is the preferred tactic when engaging vehicle targets.



CSAT

PO-30 Orca

PO-30 Orca

http://i.imgur.com/q1LD7Vz.jpg

Variant PO-30 Orca (Unarmed) PO-30 Orca PO-30 Orca (Black & White)
Type Transport Helicopter Transport Helicopter Transport Helicopter
Top Speed 290 kph 290 kph 290 kph
Crew 1 Pilot
1 Copilot
8 Passengers
1 Pilot
1 Copilot
8 Passengers
1 Pilot
1 Copilot
8 Passengers
FFV no no no
Variant Slot Weapon Ammunition Rate of Fire
PO-30 Orca Pilot 6.5mm Gatling Gun 2000 Rounds 1800 RPM
DAGR Rocket Pod 12 Rockets 750 RPM
PO-30 Orca (Black & WHite) Pilot 6.5mm Gatling Gun 2000 Rounds 1800 RPM
DAGR Rocket Pod 12 Rockets 750 RPM

Description
Medium sized transport helicopter, can also double as CAS chopper for small gun/rocket runs. Has 168 Flare rounds.
Threat assessment
Low-medium. Can only provide CAS via strafing runs due to fixed weaponry, and only carries a single minigun and rocket pod.
Identification
Medium-sized helicopter, in CSAT hex camo or black. Encased tail rotor and small stubby wings for the gun mounts.
Tips
Usually cannot do too much damage to a moving infantry group, but the strafing runs can still do a lot of damage to static vehicles / infantry.

Mi-290 Taru

Mi-290 Taru

http://i.imgur.com/Nuydbqv.jpg

Variant Mi-290 Taru Mi-290 Taru (Ammo) Mi-290 Taru (Bench) Mi-290 Taru (Cargo) Mi-290 Taru (Fuel) Mi-290 Taru (Medical) Mi-290 Taru (Repair) Mi-290 Taru (Transport)
Type Helicopter Supply Helicopter Transport Helicopter Supply Helicopter Supply Helicopter MEDEVAC Helicopter Supply Helicopter Transport Helicopter
Top Speed 250 kph 250 kph 250 kph 250 kph 250 kph 250 kph 250 kph 250 kph
Crew 1 Pilot
1 Copilot
1 Loadmaster
1 Pilot
1 Copilot
1 Loadmaster
1 Pilot
1 Copilot
1 Loadmaster
8 Passengers
1 Pilot
1 Copilot
1 Loadmaster
1 Pilot
1 Copilot
1 Loadmaster
1 Pilot
1 Copilot
1 Loadmaster
4 Passengers
1 Pilot
1 Copilot
1 Loadmaster
1 Pilot
1 Copilot
1 Loadmaster
16 Passengers
FFV no no no 8 bench seats no no no 2 rearmost seats

Description
Large multi-purpose helicopter, highly modular to fulfil various tasks. Used for transportation, resupply and MEDEVAC. Has 168 Chaff Flare rounds.
Threat assessment
Low. Usually used for resupply and transport. Transport version can however carry an entire platoon of soldiers, making it a primary threat.
Identification
Large helicopter, with a twin rotor setup. Carries modules behind the large cabin. Comes in CSAT hex camouflage.
Tips
Transport variants should be a priority target, as they can carry a large number of infantry.

Mi-48 Kajman

Mi-48 Kajman

http://i.imgur.com/bq96uWP.jpg

Variant Mi-48 Kajman Mi-48 Kajman (Black)
Type Attack Helicopter Attack Helicopter
Top Speed 275 kph 275 kph
Crew 1 Pilot
1 Gunner
8 Passengers
1 Pilot
1 Gunner
8 Passengers
FFV no no
Variant Slot Weapon Ammunition Rate of Fire
Mi-48 Kajman Gunner 30mm Caseless Gatling Cannon 250 Rounds HE 750 RPM
250 Rounds APDS
Skalpel ATGM Missile launcher 8 Missiles 300 RPM
Skyfire Rocket Pods 38 Rockets 750 RPM
Mi-48 Kajman (Black) Gunner 30mm Caseless Gatling Cannon 250 Rounds HE 750 RPM
250 Rounds APDS
Skalpel ATGM Missile launcher 8 Missiles 300 RPM
Skyfire Rocket Pods 38 Rockets 750 RPM

Description
Heavy CSAT attack helicopter. Can deal lots of damage, and double as a troop transport for an entire section. Has 168 Chaff Flare rounds.
Threat assessment
High. Can deal horrible damage to infantry and vehicle alike with the gatling cannon as well as AT missiles and rockets. Can also transport a section of infantry, adding to its threat potential.
Identification
Large, bulky helicopter, with a dual rotor setup. Weapons mounted on side wings, and lacking a tail rotor. Comes in CSAT hex camouflage and black.
Tips
Destroy as fast as possible, and use hard top cover.



AAF

CH-49 Mohawk

CH-49 Mohawk

http://i.imgur.com/1YLypT0.jpg

Variant CH-49 Mohawk
Type Transport Helicopter
Top Speed 300 kph
Crew 1 Pilot
1 Copilot
14 Passengers
FFV no

Description
AAF transport helicopter, able to transport infantry and vehicles. Has 168 Chaff Flare rounds.
Threat assessment
Low. Completely unarmed and not very maneuverable. Only used for transport.
Identification
Large, buly helicopter, with rounded shapes.
Tips
Can carry a sizeable amount of infantry, but otherwise not a dangerous target.

WY-55 Hellcat

WY-55 Hellcat

http://i.imgur.com/4bYMCyG.jpg

Variant WY-55 Hellcat (Unarmed) WY-55 Hellcat
Type Transport Helicopter Multi-purpose Helicopter
Top Speed 290 kph 290 kph
Crew 1 Pilot
1 Copilot
6 Passengers
1 Pilot
1 Copilot
6 Passengers
FFV 2; 1 on each side no
Variant Slot Weapon Ammunition Rate of Fire
WY-55 Hellcat Pilot 2x M134 7.62mm Minigun 5000 Rounds 2000/4000 RPM
2x DAR Rocket Pod 24 Rockets 750 RPM (1x / 2x / 4x Burst)
Copilot Laser Designator n/a n/a

Description
Medium sized transport helicopter, can also double as CAS chopper with miniguns and rockets. Has a thermal camera and laser designator in the nose, enabling it to take a recon role. Has 168 Flare rounds.
Threat assessment
Medium. Armed variant can provide strong CAS runs with miniguns and rockets. Able to provide effective recon and designate targets for laser guided ammunition.
Identification
Medium-sized helicopter, with a pronounced nose camera. Armed variant with stubby wings carrying the miniguns and rocket pods.
Tips
Can provide CAS while inserting small numbers of infantry. Useful for recon due to its thermal camera.