Top 10 Fastest Helicopters in the World: A helicopter is a type of aircraft which can do things that an aeroplane cannot. A helicopter is a type of aircraft used for operations like moving goods from one location to another, wars and for distribution of troops before battle. The rotating blades or spinning wings help to fly in the air. The unique characteristics of helicopters are they can move straight up and down and backwards or sideways. They could take off or land without a runway and can also hover in the air without moving. Speed is a primary feature that a helicopter should have. Mostly the helicopters are used for military purposes, and this is where the speed has got the central role. Many types of research are conducted in many countries to make helicopter better and faster. Eurocopter X3 is the fastest military helicopter which is capable of flying at a speed of 472km/h. Here are the world’s top 10 fastest helicopters.
10. AH-64D Apache
The AH-64D Apache is one of the fastest helicopters in the world. It is the most advanced helicopter of the U.S army designed to fight and survive during the day, night and adverse weather conditions. This primary attack helicopter is very quick-reacting, an airborne weapon system that can fight close to destroy enemy forces. In hot whether it can attain a maximum speed of 284km/h. AH-64 is the primary attack helicopter of many nations like Greece, the Netherlands, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, Israel and Japan.
It is a twin-turboshaft helicopter, four bladed, designed as a highly stable aerial weapons-delivery platform. The powerful engines help it to reach a maximum altitude of 15,895ft at a rate of climb of 2,915ft/m. The Apache’s maximum gross weight is 17,560 pounds and a flight endurance of over three hours.
9. Mil Mi-26 (Halo)
The Mi-26 is a Russian heavy transport helicopter. It is world’s second largest and most powerful helicopters that can lift an airliner easily.It was manufactured in 1985 by Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, Russia. The helicopter has 13 variants and now about 276 Mi-26 helicopters are currently in service worldwide. The remarkable feature of this helicopter is that it is equipped with two D-136 turboshaft engines. It is designed in a particular way to increase flight safety and reliability thereby it reduces the workload of the flight crew, the operational cost and mission planning time.It can fly at a maximum altitude of 4,600m.
The Mi-26 is mainly used for carrying military equipment, mobile ballistic missiles and personal carriers to far away places.
8. Mi-28N Night Hunter
The Mi-28NE ”Night Hunter” is a Russian military modern attack helicopter that can operate in day and night and adverse weather conditions. It is designed to search and destroy operations against tanks, and it also provides fire support for forward ground forces. It acts as a part of the anti-tank reserve and accompanies and supports the tactical airborne assault. It is the primary attack helicopter of Russian Ministry of Defence. The helicopter has advanced flight capabilities and can attain a maximum speed of 300km/h. The helicopter’s two VK-2500 engines have a take off power of 2,200hp which adds to the advantage of this new-generation attack helicopter.
7. Ka-52 ”Alligator”
Kamov Ka-52 Alligator is another Russian attack helicopter developed by Kamov Design Bureau for the Russian Air Force. It is approved to operate around the clock and adverse meteorological conditions.The helicopter is the seventh fastest in the world. The new generation helicopter is equipped with powerful offensive weapons that are used for combat missions. The powerful VK-2500 turboshaft engines allow it to fly above 5000m. And after all, it can operate at severe hot and cold conditions and offers a high degree of protection to its crew.
The helicopter has coaxial rotors that make it highly manoeuvrable in limited space and can adopt advantageous attacking positions.
The NH90 is a medium class, and multi-role military helicopter developed and designed accordingly to meet NATO’s requirements for both land and maritime operations. It is one of the fastest helicopters in the world and can attain a maximum speed of 300km/h. The primary users of NH90 are French Army, Italian Army, Australian Defence Army and Finnish Army
NATO Frigate Helicopter(NFH) and tactical troop transport are the two advanced versions of NH90.This twin-engine military helicopter is equipped with advanced navigation and ship landing aids that enable to perform safe landings in day or night and severe weather conditions. The helicopter can launch anti-ship missiles, torpedoes and sonobuoys. The powerful engine allows the helicopter to reach a maximum altitude of 10,500ft.
5. AgustaWestland AW139
AugustaWestland AW139 is a twin-engine, medium sized military helicopter developed by the Anglo-Italian manufacturer AgustaWestland.It operates at a top speed of 306km/h and is fifth among the world’s fastest helicopters. This helicopter is used for several purposes including emergency medical service, fire fighting, VIP/corporate transport, law enforcement, search and rescue and maritime patrol. The AW139 is one of AgustaWestland’s most valuable products.It can reach a high altitude of 8130 feet and carry 10 to 15 passengers at very high speeds. The two advanced versions AW139 is the military-oriented AW149 and the AW189 for the domestic market, and they are medium-lift helicopters.
4. AW101(EH101) Merlin
A flexible medium helicopter AW101 Merlin is produced and developed by AugustaWestlland for military and civilian operations. It can fly at a maximum speed of 309km/h and is one of the fastest helicopters in the world.The helicopter has high lifting capacity and top speed as it has three Rolls-Royce/Turbomeca RTM322 turboshaft engines. And each engine is capable of developing a power of 2,270shp and can reach a maximum altitude of 15,000ft.
The Mi-35M is an upgraded version of Mi-24 and is a multirole attack helicopter developed by Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant. The helicopter’s primary role is to destroy enemy troops, armoured vehicles and attacking helicopters. It has been operated by the Soviet Air Force since 1972 along with more than 30 nations. Mi-35M is stronger and differs from Mi-28 and X-shape tail rotor. The helicopter’s unique features include the latest navigation and avionics suite with multifunction coloured displays, laser range finder and location finder.
It has a load capacity of 2400kg along with a maximum speed of 310km/h that makes it third among the world’s ten fastest helicopters.
2. CH-47 Chinook
CH-47 Chinook is an American twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopter is the world’s second fastest helicopters. This advanced multi-mission helicopter flies with a maximum speed of 315km/h.It is the most efficient transport helicopter and one among the heaviest lifting Western helicopters. It is a fully equipped helicopter which can handle multiple missions. The U.S Army and the Royal Air Force are its largest users and operatable in any adverse climatic conditions. The two Honeywell T55-GA-714A engines which produce 4,777shp of power each, allows it to fly at the altitude of 20,000ft while carrying a load of 10,886kg.
1. Eurocopter X3
Eurocopter comes top in the list of fastest helicopters in the world which is developed by Eurocopter now known as Airbus Helicopters. It has set an unofficial speed record of 255 knots in level flight on June 7th by flying over France. The helicopter can take long transit flights at high speeds and has two RTM322 turboshaft engines. It can be used for operations like coast guard missions, border patrol flights, long-distance search and rescue(SAR) operations.
Helicopters have an important role in wars from World War II.They are used by military forces to transport soldiers along with their equipment. They can also be used to carry goods and materials from one location to another quickly. They can reach places of high altitudes or oceans and rescue people when they are in trouble. Studies are conducted in different parts of the world on how to make helicopters better and increase their performance and speed.