The US AH-64 Apache and Russian Ka-52 are the world's most feared attack helicopters - here's how they match up
There's one big difference between a military attack helicopter and a military transport helicopter: one carries a lot of guns, and the other carries a lot of weight.
And the US Army AH-64 Apache and Russian Ka-52 Alligator are generally considered to be the two best military attack helicopters in the world (with the Russian Mi-28N arguably in a close third).
The Apache first flew in 1975, and has since been upgraded several times, with the newest variant being the AH-64E.
The Alligator, on the other hand, first flew in 1997 and is a successor to the Ka-50 Black Shark.
Here's how they match up.
PERFORMANCE: The Ka-52 has a top speed of 196 mph, a maximum altitude of 18,044 feet and maximum range of 683 miles.
The Apache's newest variant has a top speed of 188 mph, a maximum altitude of 20,500 feet and maximum range of 299 miles.
DESIGN: The Ka-52 has two three-blade counter-rotating rotors, making it extremely maneuverable. Russian media even claims it can pivot 90 degrees on the spot.
The Apache uses a more traditional four-bladed single rotor along with a tail rotor.
WEAPONS: The Alligator carries a variety of weapons, such as VIKHR and ATAKA anti-tank guided missiles, Kh-25ML air-to-ground missiles and 80mm unguided S-8 rockets. The Ka-52K variant even carries Kh-35 anti-ship missiles that can hit targets up to 80 miles away. It also has a 2A42 30mm automatic gun, which can reportedly fire up to 550 rounds per minute.
The Apache can carry 16 hellfire missiles and 76 2.75-inch rockets. It also carries a 30 mm gun with 1,200 rounds of ammunition.
The Ah-64E variant also has one trick up its sleeve as well: drones.
WINNER: The Apache, by a slim margin.
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