Can You ID All of These Military Helicopters?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo

About This Quiz

Do you consider yourself a student of the military? Do you know enough about the helicopters used by the army to pass this image quiz? We've compiled a list of 50 military helicopters; challenge yourself to identify them all.

Helicopters are a staple of any modern military. For the most part, military helicopters are used to transport troops, but some have been modified to do more than merely carry passengers from one location to another - they may be used to defend or attack. By adjusting helicopters from their original mission of transportation, search and rescue, and medical evacuation, they may then be used as specialized tools for observation, anti-tank missions, and attack. 

To prepare helicopters for such missions, they are outfitted with guns, missiles, rockets, sensors, and radar systems. Regardless of the purpose, these pieces of specialized equipment are light and agile enough to get the job done.

You'll have to know your military helicopters well to be able to pass this quiz, but if you can guess all 50 of them correctly, you'll be rewarded with bragging rights. Do you think you have the right stuff?

Take this quiz to find out how many of these 50 military helicopters you can identify.

The CH-47F Chinook can more than pull its weight. In fact, thanks to its powerful twin engine build, it has proven to be one of the heaviest lifting helicopters of all time.

As a result of the new capabilities that it boasted, the AH-64D Block III was retitled and debuted as the AH-64E Guardian. In addition to more powerful engines, this model provided increased payload capacity and the ability to control UAVs.

Perhaps one of the most iconic attack helicopters in the world, the current AH-64 Apache and its predecessors have become a core part of the defense force of many countries. This US-made helicopter is now used by Japan, the Netherlands, Greece and many other nations.

Although it is a military helicopter, the AW159 Wildcat is most often used for search and rescue, and as a utility aircraft. This model is primarily utilized by the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy and the British Army.

The Bell AH-1Z Viper is a favorite of the Marines and one of the most reliable attack helicopters in the world. Compared to older models, the Bell AH-1Z Viper has longer range detection capabilities and upgraded weapons systems.

This popular European helicopter is extremely useful in a military capacity, but it has also been utilized in many domestic civilian situations as well. It is hefty enough to handle a full medical team, more than a dozen stretchers or more than 40 soldiers (standing).

As the name suggests, the Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King has been utilized by several navies from different countries around the world. It was the world’s first amphibious helicopter and was designed for anti-submarine warfare.

Branded as an all-weather helicopter, the T-129 is an attack helicopter that is capable of handling hot and high environments. While it does pack a strong punch, the T-129 is also used for tactical reconnaissance.

With a production lifespan of almost 30 years, the V-22 Osprey has more than proven its worth to both the Air Force and the Marines. While prototypes existed beforehand, the V-22 Osprey is the first production tiltrotor aircraft in the world.

The BELL UH-1 Iroquois were widely used in the Vietnam War – approximately 7000 of them were deployed. There are numerous historic Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopters on display at military bases and museums around the U.S.

As the name suggests, the Aérospatiale Alouette III is a French developed helicopter. It is mainly used for utility purposes (such as being an aerial ambulance) by the French Armed Forces.

One of the first things that comes to mind when the Kamov Ka-52 Hokum-B is mentioned is its characteristic coaxial rotor design. This Russian attack helicopter is solely used by the Russian Air Force and the Egyptian Air Force.

The Mil Mi-28 Havoc lives up to its name well, as it is first and foremost designed to be an anti-armor attack helicopter. The Russian-made Mil Mi-28 Havoc is both deadly and durable – a strong combination.

This European helicopter was initially planned to be used by Germany and France as a means of repelling Soviet ground forces during the Cold War. It emerged from development years later as a multipurpose attack helicopter, instead of being solely anti-tank.

While it may not be known for packing a punch, this utility military helicopter debuted with only fly by wire flight controls – the first production helicopter to do so. It is currently utilized by several European countries.

Designed by the Russians and utilized by the Chinese, approximately 100 of these durable attack helicopters have been built, to date. While it can be used for air-to-air confrontations, this helicopter’s true purpose is as an anti-tank vehicle.

The Mi-8 currently holds the title of being the most-produced helicopter in the world. Over 17,000 units have been made and production of this Russian-made transport helicopter still continues to this day.

The CH-53E Super Stallion’s name is somewhat fitting, seeing as it is both the heaviest and largest helicopter that is used by the US military. While other military helicopters have rotors with four blades, this helicopter has a distinctive seven blade design.

Primarily utilized by the South African Air Force, only a dozen Denel AH-2 Rooivalk helicopters have been made, to date. This attack helicopter places a strong focus on durability, both against weapons and the climate.

The Agusta A129 Mangusta is known for being a fast and strong attack helicopter. It is designed and produced entirely in Europe – proudly being the first attack helicopter to have this accolade.

The Russian-made Mil Mi-24 Hind has been in operation since the '70s and is still being used to this day. While it is primarily used by the Russian Air Force, it is also utilized by at least 50 other entities.

This durable helicopter started being utilized by the US Navy in the '80s and is still being used today. The MH-60R Seahawk could be thought of as the brother of the UH-60 Black Hawk, the US Army helicopter off which it is based.

This now retired US helicopter was introduced in the 1940s and was utilized by the US Army, the US Air Force, and the US Navy. Over 2000 of them were made and served as observation and utility vehicles.

The Sikorsky H-5 was first produced in 1944. Since then, a slew of variants have been developed based on it. One of the most notable of these is the Westland Dragonfly.

The older brother of the single engine AH-1 Cobra, the AH-1W Super Cobra served as an integral part of the United States Marines for several decades. It is gradually being replaced by the AH-1Z Viper.

Over 1700 Aerospatiale SA341 Gazelle helicopters have been made over the last 30 years. It is a well-equipped, light utility helicopter fit for scouting duties and light transport operations. The Aerospatiale SA341 Gazelle is used by French, British and Egyptian forces.

Both the United States Navy and the United States Army have used this helicopter for over 20 years and they are still using them in some limited capacity to this day. The Eurocopter UH-72 Lakota functions primarily as a light utility military helicopter.

This Russian scout and attack helicopter uses a coaxial rotor design in an effort to maximize efficiency in mobility. Over 100 have been built and they are still being used today.

The Night Hunter is the name for the Russian exclusive prototype of the Mi-28N. The main purpose for creating this helicopter was to develop an efficient attack helicopter that had anti-armor capabilities.

This Russian helicopter is mainly utilized by the navy in three countries –Russia, India, and Ukraine. It serves as a light transport helicopter in some situations but it is primarily used for anti-submarine purposes.

This utility helicopter is used for many purposes (patrol, transport, medical service, search and rescue, etc.) by both military and civic organizations. Over 700 units have been made and they are still being produced today.

The British brother of the American-made Sikorsky S-6, the Westland Sea King serves a slightly different role in the Royal Navy. It is primarily used as a transport and utility vehicle.

This retired helicopter was most often used as an aid to firefighting. It was also an effective search and rescue helicopter.

While it was in use by the United States Marine Corps, the Boeing CH-46 Sea Knight served as an all-weather, day-or-night assault helicopter. It was also used to transport supplies, troops and equipment.

The SH-2G Super Seasprite was retired by the US but is still in use by several smaller navies around the world. It is mainly used as an anti-surface and anti-submarine helicopter.

The OH-58 Kiowa Warrior is utilized by the United States Army but it has also been exported to several countries around the world. The OH-58 Kiowa Warrior serves primarily as a reconnaissance and observation helicopter.

This small helicopter is utilized by the United States Army as an extraction/insertion vehicle and also for observation. Its effectiveness in the field has earned it the nickname “Killer Egg."

While its predecessors were utilized by the Chinese, the Z-9EC was produced to be used by the Pakistan Naval Air Arm. Unlike other versions, the Z-9EC is specifically used for anti-submarine warfare.

With over 300 units produced between 1980 and the present, the Mil Mi-26 Halo has more than proven its worth in the Russian Air Force. Its primary purpose is to be used as a heavy lift cargo helicopter.

The H-34 SeaHorse served many roles throughout history in the United States military, however, the most common role was always simply as an effective means of aerial transport. It is still being used in civilian service to this day.

Over 1000 of these attack helicopters have been manufactured and used around the world by different nations. However, nowadays, in the US several units have even been converted to utility aircraft for fighting forest fires.

Nicknamed the Super Cougar, this French-made helicopter had its first flight in 2000 and is still in service. It is primarily used as a tactical transport helicopter, capable of seating up to 29 troops and 2 crew members.

With over 4000 units produced since 1974, the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk is an integral part of the US Army and a few other militaries around the world. It fills a central role as a general utility helicopter.

The Chinese designed and built the Z-18 as a direct replacement for the Z-8. It is primarily used for both transport and anti-submarine warfare by the People’s Liberation Army.

The MQ-8 Fire Scout is distinctive for being designed as an unmanned autonomous helicopter. It can provide aerial firing support, as well as reconnaissance and targeting support.

Primarily used by European militaries and their air based forces, the AW109 LUH has been active for over 30 years. As the name suggests, this model primarily functions as a light utility helicopter.

Initially the Westland Lynx was supposed to be designed so that it could fill both military and civil roles effectively. However, this multi-purpose helicopter was instead later designed to cater solely towards military needs

This Russian helicopter has been manufactured for over 40 years and to date, well over 10,000 units have been made. It has been used primarily as a transport helicopter by Russia and at least 60 other countries.

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