Attack Helicopter

Czech Air Force receives first UH-1Y Venom utility helicopter

The Czech Air Force formally welcomed its first UH-1Y Venom battlefield utility helicopter to Námešt nad Oslavou Air Base in the Czech Republic on August 17, just three weeks after the air arm received its first two AH-1Z Viper gunships

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Russian Ka-52Ms join battle for Zaporizhzhia in Ukraine

Upgraded Kamov Ka-52M Hokum-B attack helicopters are being used by the Russian Aerospace Forces for the first time as part of a response to Ukraine’s armoured counteroffensive in the nation’s Zaporizhzhia region

Czech Republic receives first AH-1Z Viper gunships

The first two of a planned fleet of ten AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters for the arrived at Námešt nad Oslavou Air Base in the Czech Republic – the home of the Czech Air Force’s (CzAF’s) 22nd Helicopter Air Force Base – on July 26

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IN DEPTH: Analysing the Russian Aerospace Forces' response to the Wagner rebellion

The short-lived but potentially highly consequential rebellion by Russia’s infamous Wagner Group on June 24 is certainly one of the most important events in recent Russian history and it came as a direct result of the ongoing Ukraine-Russia War

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PAS 23: Germany shapes future H145M fleet for Cyprus

Unable to circumvent the sanctions imposed on Russia by the EU, the Cypriot MOD failed to pay Russian Helicopters for the continued maintenance and spare part support for its 11-strong Mil Mi-35P Hind-F gunship fleet, forcing the nation to ground its remaining gunships and order six H145M light attack helicopters from Airbus

Czech Hinds complete final live-fire exercise at Boletice

The Czech Air Force’s Mil Mi-24V Hind-E gunship fleet has carried out its final live-fire exercise at the Boletice Military Training Area in the nation’s Český Krumlov district, during which two examples of the attack helicopter fired 640 machine gun and 800 cannon rounds, along with 239 S-8 rockets

Poland buys Hellfire missiles to arm future AW149, AH-64E fleets

Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak announced on May 30 that the nation has signed a deal with the US government to buy AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-ground missiles to equip its future Leonardo Helicopters AW149 and Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopter fleets

US approves sale of refurbished AH-1W SuperCobra gunships to Bahrain

US State Department approval has been granted for the possible Foreign Military Sale of equipment and related services to refurbish 24 AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopters to Bahrain, after the nation acquired the helicopters second-hand under the US Excess Defense Articles programme

Bell completes Bahraini AH-1Z programme

Bell Textron revealed on February 20 that it has completed the programme of record for Bahrain’s acquisition of 12 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters, adding that the last six examples are on schedule to arrive in the Kingdom later this year

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How the Ukraine War has exposed the vulnerability of helicopters

Russia’s invasion began with a helicopter-borne assault on an airport outside Kyiv. Since then, helicopters have been vulnerable to battlefield air defence systems. Tim Ripley investigates