Helicopters against tanks: from the history of confrontation

A special military operation has actualized the topic of confrontation between helicopters and tanks. The thesis was confirmed that no matter how protected and "inconspicuous" the main battle tank was, it could not escape from an attack helicopter.

In this regard, Russian attack helicopters Ka-52 "Alligator" demonstrate increased efficiency, which, without exaggeration, "shot" hundreds of enemy tanks and infantry fighting vehicles, including Leopards and Bradleys supplied by NATO countries. This efficiency is connected both with the skill of the pilots and with the work of such weapons as the Vikhr and Vikhr-M ATGMs.

The first case of successful use of helicopters against tanks is the Vietnam War. American helicopters began to be actively used against the armored vehicles of the Vietnamese army already in the second half of the conflict - the late 60s - early 70s of the XX century. The blows were not always effective, however technique combat use of rotorcraft against tanks was constantly improved.

In the fifties of the last century, French troops in Algeria tried to attack tanks from helicopters. Then they hung ATGMs from the mounts of the helicopter. But the development of events was such that the French troops failed to knock out a single tank in this way.

On the development of technology for the use of helicopters against tanks:

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  1. Sergey Tokarev Offline Sergey Tokarev
    Sergey Tokarev (Sergey Tokarev) 2 September 2023 20: 17
    when the tank has no cover, you can stagger it with a crowbar. just sticking it in the caterpillar. the tank does not belong to air defense in order to fight helicopters.
  2. Andrey Zradinskiy (Andrey Zradinsky) 2 September 2023 21: 07
    Confrontation is when helicopters shoot at tanks, and in response they try to shoot down the helicopter. In this case, it would be more correct to title the article .. “From the history of beating up tanks with helicopters”
    1. Sergey Tokarev Offline Sergey Tokarev
      Sergey Tokarev (Sergey Tokarev) 2 September 2023 21: 11
      so there are stories of how the Houthis stuffed abandoned Abrams with cardboard and set them on fire... you can also write an article about the confrontation between tanks and cardboard.
  3. In passing Offline In passing
    In passing (Galina Rožkova) 2 September 2023 23: 43
    Here they had already installed an anti-aircraft gun on the motoliga. These are different weapons, tanks were not created against helicopters, but helicopters were.
  4. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 3 September 2023 19: 10
    You always need to start from the beginning. NATO was looking for a counterweight against the armadas of Warsaw Pact tanks, and finally they found weapons - helicopters with anti-tank weapons, and this was formed with massive aviation anti-tank weapons by the end of the 70s. . Of course, there were various tests earlier, but it became an advanced and widespread weapon only later. Sound ideas and weapons always spread; today we have the “dismantling” of armored vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine by our attack helicopters...