posted on Mar, 31 2005 @ 02:16 PM
I don't know whether or not it's been done, but I'd like all your opinions on which attack helicopter is, in your view, the best in the world.
For myself, I used to favour the venerable Hind 'D' gunship, but that was before the deployment of Huey-Cobras in Viet Nam.
Since then, I have followed very closely, the design and development of the ground support or attack helicopter.
Having looked at what was supposed to be the 'best' ground support/attack helicopter in the world, I have come to the conclusion (rightly or
wrongly) that the Apache has 80/90s technology on (basically)an upgrade of the Huey-Cobras 1960s airframe.
Whilst I admit that the 'Longbow' Apache has had a very good press in the desert of Kuwait and Iraq, in the former Yugoslavia, it suffered from
various maladies which, laughingly, were put down to 'poor' pilot training. I for one, don't believe that!
However, I have studied the Eurocopter 'Tiger' and the South African 'Rooivalk'. Both are 80s style of chopper with 80s technologies and weaponry.
I thought they were pretty good until I saw the Havoc. That looked pretty nifty UNTIL I saw the Hokum.
I suddenly realised that with its contra-rotating rotor blades and the absence of the tail rotor, which gives helicopters that distinctive
'whuuup-whuuup' signature, perhaps this was the road that designers should go down.
I am also a massive fan of both the Pavelow and Pavelow Blackhawks, but feel these are highly specialised helicopters.
Over to you.