Military and Civilian Helicopters
The helicopter was born during World War 2 and entrenched itself in combat by the time of the Vietnam War.
The helicopter had been brewing in the minds of engineers for some time before their practical use was finally witnessed during World War 2. The category then saw an expansion in the years following the conflict which led to their service in the wars that followed. Today, the helicopter serves military forces and civilian market needs equally, with a plethora of designs available from proven key manufactures.
There are a total of (111) Helicopters in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below by alphanumeric order descending. Flag images indicative of country of origin.
The AS350 system is a widely-used utilitarian type helicopter covering military, commercial and security needs.
The HH-65 Dolphin search and rescue helicopter is solely in service with the United States Coast Guard.
The AS332 Super Puma was based on the successful SA 330 Puma design and is a larger aircraft with newer engines.
The Aerospatiale Alouette II has proven itself to be a commercial success, seeing operation service with dozens of countries worldwide.
The Alouette III remains a multi-purpose light helicopter design.
The lightweight, multi-purpose French Aerospatiale Gazelle helicopter eventually found homes in both the domestic and export markets.
The AS 321 Super Frelon became the largest helicopter to be produced in Europe in any large number.
The AgustaWestland A129 Mangusta was designed from the outset to fulfill an Italian Army attack helicopter requirement.
The massive AgustaWestland Merlin helicopter is powered by no fewer than three turboshaft engines to achieve the desired performance for military and civilian causes.
The AgustaWestland AW109 helicopter has gone on to see worldwide use by in both military and civilian roles.
AgustaWestland introduced their AW139 medium-lift product in 2003 with production totaling over 700 units since.
The AgustaWestland AW149 is being developed specifically for the rigors of military service as a medium-lift platform.
The AgustaWestland AW159 Lynx Wildcat is designed as a direct replacement of existing Lynx helicopter systems for the British Army and Royal Navy.
AgustaWestland is working on a tiltrotor product for the civilian market through the AW609 TiltRotor initiative.
In keeping up with global competitors, Airbus Group is developing a Vertical Take-Off and Landing Unmanned Aircraft System in the Tanan 300.
The Eurocopter UH-72 Lakota was an offshoot of the original LHX helicopter program of the 1980s, the same that produced the now-cancelled RAH-66 Comanche.
A pair of prototypes and one production-quality airframe have served in the EC175 testing program for Airbus Helicopters.
Developed from the Eurocopter Dauphin, the Airbus Helicopters H155 features more internal space.
The AVICopter AC311 is a Chinese-originated offering for the growing global light helicopter market.
The Chinese AVICopter AC313 is a further development of the French Aerospatiale Super Frelon transport helicopter series.
The storied Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter rose to prominence during the Vietnam War years and became an entrenched Cold War player.
The Bell AH-1 SuperCobra attack helicopter represents an evolved, twin-engine variant of the original Vietnam War-era AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter line.
The Bell AH-1 SeaCobra became a USMC derivative of the original U.S. Army AH-1 HueyCobra attack helicopter with changes implemented to suit the service.
The Bell ARH-70 was in line to replace the aging OH-58D Kiowa Warrior series of light armed reconnaissance helicopters for the US Army.
The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey has surmounted its past to become a capable multi-mission tiltrotor system - primarily serving the USMC.
The interesting Bell Helicopter Eagle Eye tilt-rotor UAV has, to this point, failed to generate much market interest as of yet.
The Bell H-13 Sioux became the militarized evolution of the famous Bell Model 47 line.
The OH-58 Kiowa military series is representative of the successful Bell 206 civilian JetRanger model.
The Bell Model 47 appeared in 1946 and became the classic light utility helicopter design of the early Cold War years serving military and civilian markets alike.
The Bell Model 525 medium-lift helicopter is expecting a first flight sometime during 2014.
The Bell OH-58 Kiowa light helicopter series has seen a successful operational tenure beginning in the late 1960s.
The UH-1 Huey became the symbol of American involvement in the Vietnam War.
The Bell V-280 Valor tiltrotor demonstrator will be marketed to the US Army for its Future Vertical Lift program.
The AH/MH-6 Little Bird has proven something of a versatile God-send to US Army Special Forces troops on more than one occasion.
Despite a first flight in 1975, the AH-64 Apache is still a highly advanced attack helicopter.
The Boeing-Sikorsky joint-venture RAH-66 Comanche light attack helicopter was to become the worlds first stealth-centric combat helicopter in the world - it was canceled in 2004.
The CH-47 Chinook is a widely-used and widely-exported twin-rotor utility helicopter.
The Boeing Hummingbird UAV helicopter is actively being reviewed by various US defense branches.
The CH-46 is to the United States Marine Corps what the CH-47 is to the United States Army.
The CAIC Z-10 is a Chinese attack helicopter in the same class as the Denel Rooivalk, Eurocopter Tiger and AgustaWestland Mangusta.
The Denel AH-2 Rooivalk was developed using research gained from the XH-1 Alpha concept demonstrator.
The Eurocopter AS565 Panther series is a militarized do-everything platform of the base Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin.
The Eurocopter Bo 105 light utility helicopter has seen military and civilian service across the world with production totals reaching over 1,500 units.
Introduced in 1998, the Eurocopter EC120 Colibri model series has filled a niche in the light utility helicopter market.
Introduced in 2002, the Eurocopter EC145 has managed to enter several markets including both military and civilian.
Unlike other attack helicopters in its class, the Eurocopter Tiger sits the pilot in the front cockpit and the weapons officer in the rear cockpit.
The compound Eurocopter X3 helicopter development combines a traditional mast-mounted main rotor with side-mounted propeller units.
The German Kriegsmarine was interested in this Anton Flettner design concept for use in spotting enemy warships.
The Flettner Fl 282 became the first helictoper in history to be used in a military applicable role - this by the German Kriegsmarine in 1942.
The German Focke-Achgelis Fa 223 became the first true military transport helicopter when it saw active service in World War 2.
Only two examples of the Focke-Achgelis Fa 61 series helicopters were ever produced, the first one flying in June of 1936.
Several hundred HAL Light Combat Helicopters are currently on order for the Indian Air Force and Army.
The Harbin Z-19 is a heavily modified attack helicopter version of the Harbin Z-9 transport series.
The Harbin Z-20 is thought to be a new unlicensed Chinese copy of the globally popular Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk transport helicopter.
As with other Cold War-era Chinese military products, the Harbin Z-5 was nothing more than a copy of an existing Soviet design - in this case, the Mil Mi-4 series.
The Chinese Harbin Z-9 series medium helicopter is a license-produced version of the French Eurocopter Dauphin.
The attack-minded Shahed 285 series is based on the Shahed 278 light helicopter design and developed from the American Bell 206.
Despite its rather simple appearance, the Hiller OH-23 Raven light helicopter line proved reliable even under the wartime stresses of Korea and Vietnam.
The nimble little Hughes OH-6 Cayuse served extensively with US Army forces in the Vietnam War and, in various forms, exists today.
The Romanian IAR 316 is nothing more than a license-production copy of the French Aerospatiale SA 319B Alouette III helictoper.
The Light Armed Helicopter product is expected to succeed the aging stocks of MD500 and AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters for the South Korean military.
The South Korean government has planned to procure several hundred of the KAI KUH-1 Surion for its Army and Marine forces.
As a dedicated rescue platform, the Kaman HH-43 Huskie helicopter series proved its worth in sorties over Vietnam.
The Kaman K-MAX medium lift helicopter is currently under evaluation as an unmanned logistics flight system for the US military.
The Kaman SH-2 Seasprite series found a home in the ranks of the United States Navy beginning in late 1962.
Intended to feature the qualities of both a fixed-wing aircraft and helicopter, the experimental - and lethal - Kamov Ka-22 was only built in four examples.
Some 25 total variants of the base Kamov Ka-25 appeared throughout the systems production life.
Not built in large numbers, the Soviet-era Kamov Ka-27 Helix naval helicopter nonetheless became a featured rotary-wing platform for several militaries of the world.
The Kamov Ka-31 twin-rotor helicopter is an AEW variant of the successful Ka-29 navy family line.
The single-seat Russian Kamov Ka-50 Hokum attack helicopter family features the Kamov trademark counter-rotating blades.
The Kamov Ka-60 series is a relatively new Russian utility helicopter design with over 100 units currently on order.
Kawasaki designed and developed the OH-1 as an indigenous replacement for the Hughes OH-6 in the reconnaissance helicopter role.
The Kellett KD autogiro design primarily served the United States Army Air Force heading into World War 2.
Lockheeds first - and last - foray into the helicopter market, the AH-56 Cheyenne, failed to materialize as a viable attack helicopter for the U.S. Army.
The Marenco SwissHelicopter SKYe SH09 remains under development heading into 2014.
Like most other Mil-developed helicopters, the Mi-14 went on to serve more than one role for the massive Soviet military.
The Soviet-era Mil Mi-24 Hind series of helicopters can be called on to accomplish a variety of roles in war or peacetime - as proven by many conflicts.
The Mil Mi-26 HALO remains the largest helicopter to ever have been produced in any number and is still in active service across the globe.
The Mil Mi-28 Havoc has since become the standard attack helicopter for the Russian Air Force and Army - fielded alongside the rival Kamov Ka-50 / Ka-52 series.
Currently in development, as many as three Mi-38 prototypes have been completed with production set to begin in 2013.
The Mil-produced Mi-4 Hound series of helicopter was in direct response to the US H-19 Chickasaw series, of which it shares outward similarities with.
The Mil Mi-6 Hook heavy-lift transport helicopter continues to serve around the world despite production concluding in 1981.
Use of the Mil Mi-8 Hip was worldwide with the type being utilized in its military and civilian guises.
Only two prototypes emerged from the Soviet-era V-12 twin-rotor heavy-lift helicopter program sponsored by the Mil Design Bureau.
The NHIndustries NH90 series medium-lift transport helicopter has caught on with several notable military forces of the world.
The Northrop Grumman MQ-8 Fire Scout UAH series intends to bring a whole level of overwater resupply capabilities to the USN.
The PANHA 2091 Toufan is a local Iranian upgrade of the American Bell AH-1J SeaCobra attack helicopter with modern modifications to suit evolved IRIA requirements.
The strange-looking H-21 series of transport helicopters was aptly-nicknamed the Flying Banana.
The Piasecki X-49A Speedhawk utilizes the existing airframe of the Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk with a proprietary Piasecki vectored thrust-ducted propeller unit.
The Polish-produced PZL W-3 Sokol has been in service since 1985.
The Schiebel Camcopter S-100 is a rotary-wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle of Austrian origin.
The Canadian Air Force has ordered some 28 Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopters.
Introduced in the mid-1950s, the Sikorsky CH-37 Mojave was used by American forces for a time during the Vietnam War.
The Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion was introduced to American forces in 1966 and still sees active service today in slightly varied forms.
The Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion is a modified heavy-lift helicopter based on the Vietnam War-era CH-53 Sea Stallion with improvements throughout.
The Sikorsky CH-53K Super Stallion is a proposed heavy-lift platform for the USMC to modernize its fleet of CH-53 transports.
The Skycrane proved a success in Vietnam where its heavy-hauling skills were used in retrieving downed friendly aircraft.
The Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw series of multi-purpose helicopter has seen extensive use with forces from all over the globe.
The Sikorsky H-34 Choctaw served with the USAF, US Army, USMC, USN and the USCG during its tenure in American hands.
The Sikorsky HH-3E Jolly Green Giant distinguished itself in rescue operations of downed American airmen throughout the Vietnam War.
The HH-60 Pave Hawk is the US Air Force version of the UH-60 Black Hawk of the US Army, modified for aircrew search and rescue in all weather situations.
The Sikorsky HH-60 Jayhawk is a Search and Rescue platform currently serving with the United States Coast Guard, based on the USN SH-60 Seahawk.
The mammoth Sikorksy MH-53 Pave Low series of helicopters proved critical to US Special Forces operations all over the globe.
The Sikorsky MH-60S came online with the United States Navy to replace the aging Boeing CH-46D Sea Knights in service.
The Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk has proven a capable maritime performer with several of the world's leading navies.
The Black Hawk helicopter is the workhorse of many-an-army on todays battlefield.
The Sikorsky VH-60N White Hawk - based on the ubiquitous UH-60 Black Hawk - becomes Marine One when the President of the United States is aboard.
The SA 330 Puma helicopter has gone into operational service with no fewer than 40 military forces worldwide.
The Turkish TAI T-129 attack helicopter is a locally-modified variant of the Italian AgustaWestland A129 Mongoose attack platform.
Main versions of the Westland Lynx helicopter covered army and navy service roles that proved the type's adaptability to varying mission requirements.
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