Faction NATO
Type Reconnaissance Attack Helicopter
Seats 2 seats:
  • 1× Pilot
  • 1× Gunner
Item capacity None
Top speed ~ 365 km/h
Service ceiling ~ 3,300 m
Fuel capacity 500 L
Primary armament Main:
  • 1× Minigun 20mm
  • 1× DAGR Rocket Pods [Default]
  • 4× ASRAAM AA [Default]
Secondary armament Defensive:
  • 240× Countermeasures (Flare/Chaff)
Variants None
The AH-99 Blackfoot serves as NATO's primary helicopter gunship.

Overview Edit

  • Roles:
    • Observation
    • Reconnaissance
    • Light gunship
« A two-seat reconnaissance and target designation helicopter used to seek targets for gunships. Even though the construction dates back some time and the program faced cancellation in the first years of the 21st century, the project was finished successfully and the Blackfoot became the first attack helicopter to field stealth technology, which was even applied to the main rotor. The Blackfoot is extremely fast, agile and hard to detect even by contemporary sensors. However it is slowly becoming outdated.
Field Manual

Design Edit


AH-99 pylon configuration

The Blackfoot is a five-bladed, rotary-wing stealth helicopter designed for both armed reconnaissance and ground attack duties.

By default, the Blackfoot is armed with a 20mm minigun mounted onto an external gun pod fitted beneath the cockpit. It is pre-loaded with a 1,000 round belt of high-explosive (HE) shells.

It has up to six pylons (three on each wing) stored within retractable internal bays on either side of the fuselage that support dynamic loadouts.

  • Any of the following munitions can be fitted onto either the innermost or outermost pylons (1-2, 5-6):
    • ASRAAM (1×)
    • Scalpel (1×)
    • DAGR (12×)
    • DAR (12×)
  • The centre pylons (3-4) on both wings can only fit the following two missile types:
    • ASRAAM (1×)
    • Scalpel (1×)

Unlike its bulkier and cumbersome CSAT counterpart, the Blackfoot is highly agile and very fast for its size; though subsequently it is not-as-well armoured in comparison. Nonetheless, it can gain lift and generate thrust rapidly at almost any angle and direction. Its manoeuvrability rivals the MH-9, but in comparison is far better armoured and equipped to deal with a variety of threats.

The Blackfoot's rotors are also modified so that they operate much more silently; it is more difficult to hear a Blackfoot flying in compared to the Mi-48, which can be easily heard from many kilometres away.

The Blackfoot has only a seating capacity of two personnel; a crew that consists of the pilot and gunner.

Sensors Edit

Capable of both reconnaissance and providing fire support, the Blackfoot utilises several types of sensors optimised for its role as an air-to-ground platform:

Active Radar Edit

It has an active radar range of 5 km against aerial targets, and 4 km against ground targets. Azimuth coverage is set to 180 degrees, while elevation coverage is at 90 degrees. Targets can be identified once they come within 3 km range.

Infrared Search and Track/Visual Sensor Edit

IRST detection extends out to a maximum range of 3 km against aerial targets and 2 km against ground targets. Visual detection on the other hand, is limited to just 2 km for aerial targets and 1.5 km for ground targets.

Both sensors have an azimuth/elevation coverage of 46 and 34 degrees respectively. They have a minimum operating range of 500 m and can recognise targets 2 km out from the Blackfoot's position.

Radar Warning Receiver/Passive Radar Edit

The RWR has a 360 degree detection radius and a target recognition range of 12 km.

Laser Spot Tracker Edit

Laser markers and infrared strobes can be tracked within a range of 6 km. It has an acquisition cone of 180 degrees.

Trivia Edit

  • As stated in the Field Manual, the Blackfoot's origins are derived from the real-world "RAH-66 Comanche" prototype helicopter. Unlike the Blackfoot however, the Comanche was eventually cancelled by the U.S. Army in 2004 and it is highly unlikely that its development will ever be revived.
  • Also in contrast to the real Comanche, the Blackfoot lacks the ability to use a laser designator.

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See also Edit

Aircraft of comparable role and configuration Edit