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Battlefield 3 will feature a total of 6 helicopters, with 2 attack helicopters per side, 2 transport helicopters, and 2 recon helicopters for the US and Russian side, respectively.

AH-1 Super Cobra

Battlefield 3 Super Cobra
The Super Cobra was the main attack helicopter in Battlefield 2, and will reprise its role in Battlefield 3. The Cobra was introduced back in 1971, and is still in use today across several US armed forces.


Battlefield 3 Mi-28
The Mil MI28 is the Russian counterpart to the Super Cobra in Battlefield 3. It has been used since 1996 in the Russian army and was featured in previous Battlefield games.

UH-1Y Super Huey

Battlefield 3 Super Huey
The Bell UH-1Y Venom, a.k.a. Super Huey, is the main transport helicopter for the US side in Battlefield 3. The chopper can transport 5 soldiers: 1 pilot + 4 passengers.


Battlefield 3 KA-60
The Kamrov KA-60 will make its Battlefield debut in Battlefield 3. The chopper is a new Russian design that was introduced in 1998 as a fast reconnaissance helicopter, and for transporting air-assault forces.

AH-6J Little Bird

Battlefield 3 Little Bird
The Little Bird in Battlefield 3 is a fast attack and recon helicopter for the US faction, and seats 1 pilot + 1 gunner.


Battlefield 3 Z-11
The Z-11 is a Chinese-made fast attack and recon helicopter, used across China among police and special forces. In Battlefield 3, the Z-11 will be the Russian counterpart to the Little Bird.

AH64 Apache

AH64 Apache
Introduced in 1975, the Boeing AH64 Apache has been in service ever since and is the main attack helicopter of the United States. It’s one of the first vehicles to be confirmed in Battlefield 3. The Apache is used around the world by nations such as the United Kingdom, Japan, Egypt, among others. UPDATE: it has been confirmed that the Apache won’t be in Battlefield 3.

Mil MI24

The Mil MI24 is Russia’s most popular helicopter, and the main helicopter gunship. It has two pilots who can engage a variety of targets, and also seats 4 passengers. UPDATE: it has been confirmed that the MI24 won’t be in Battlefield 3.

UH60 Black Hawk

The UH60 Black Hawk is the main transport helicopter of the US military units, and has been confirmed for Battlefield 3. It can seat 5 soldiers, with a pilot, two gunners and two passengers. UPDATE: it has been confirmed that the Black Hawk won’t be in Battlefield 3, however it is still possible that we’ll see it in the Back to Karkand expansion.


  1. oussi
    January 12th, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    the only choppers?

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  2. ousssi
    January 14th, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    and the Z-10 and AH1Z cobra than?

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    • joongoon
      October 5th, 2011 at 1:04 am

      yeah, where is the AH-1Z, that is the US high tech helicopter, i also don’t like that there isn’t the F-35B on the jet list.

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      • Dune1884
        October 7th, 2011 at 9:08 am

        The f-35b isnt a chopper ….

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        • J MCGRITTLE
          October 15th, 2011 at 10:52 pm

          Maybe that’s why he said on the jets list… Huh, Mr. Smart Guy?

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        • smarterthenyou
          March 17th, 2012 at 1:57 am


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        • xAssassinationZx
          February 26th, 2013 at 7:46 am

          Wow dude you’re stupid he said in the jet list idiot.

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      • BF
        October 19th, 2011 at 9:58 pm

        Even though the AH-1W can use AAM, its not a very common config, as you give up serious AGM firepower. However on the AH-1Z you can mount AAM on the outer ends, and would probably create a balance issue in the game.

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      • BF
        October 19th, 2011 at 10:03 pm

        The AH-1Z is the USMC’s high tech helicopter, and only because they can’t get funding for an AH-64 variant.

        The USMC had a hard enough time geting funding for the AH-1J back in the day, infact intial delivery was the army AH-1G

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  3. Luke
    January 23rd, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Nice math:

    1 pilot + two gunners + 3 passengers = 5 people total

    im pretty sure it only seats 2 passengers

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    • Anonymous
      May 28th, 2011 at 7:55 pm

      One plus two equals three.Three plus three equals six. So not five, but six passengers in all.

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      • Lloyd
        June 27th, 2011 at 3:21 am


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      • NoFreakinIdea
        June 29th, 2011 at 12:32 pm

        thats exactly what he was saying, lol…

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      • raoul
        July 11th, 2011 at 1:48 pm

        i hope the pilot is friendly anough to say bail befor he bails

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        • AK7007
          October 17th, 2011 at 10:35 pm

          Yeah, still searching for the rare guy who flies a squad into a fight and then keeps flying and providing close air support.

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        • bahsil chaudhrey
          December 17th, 2011 at 1:36 pm

          yeh im that guy im a team guy

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    • Magnus
      September 3rd, 2011 at 4:14 pm

      Well, i don’t know if it’s because it has been edited. But now it says 1 pilot, 2 gunners and 2 passengers

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    • Devon
      October 8th, 2011 at 5:24 am

      LOLOL Check ur own math einstein 1 plus 2=3+3 more passengers haha

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    • youngmoney
      November 3rd, 2011 at 7:51 pm


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  4. Waldo
    February 7th, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    The Black Hawk can sit up to 11. Due to the fact if you shoot down a black Hawk with 11 people in game you just kill a large portion of the team. That and its not fair for MEC Russians and who ever else you are playing against with their Hind which doesnt seat many people. Also theres UH-1 Venoms. Later I am sure they will add classic Cobras MH-53s and god help us all V-22.

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    • tremors1993
      June 23rd, 2011 at 12:08 am

      Crew: 2–3: pilot, weapons system officer and technician (optional)
      Capacity: 8 troops or 4 stretchers

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      • Marines
        July 27th, 2011 at 2:57 am

        They should have the chinook, the CH-53 and the V22 osprey

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        • ghillieman11
          August 11th, 2011 at 7:55 am

          you do realize the ch-53 is retired

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    • willy
      August 5th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

      i agree, the v-22 would be an awesome addition. But unfortunately i just don’t see it happening

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      • Spetznaz
        November 28th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

        They put the Osprey (MV-22) in the campaign! Why cant they put it in multiplayer? Actually i have a theory…

        Woah, don’t switch channel’s, this outta be good!
        -Haggard, Bad company 2.

        I’m guessing that the heli’s in multi are awful slow compared to jet fighter’s, right? Well if the Osprey was in there it would make the game unbalanced because it is American, The Russian’s and PLR would be outmatched cos they’d have a fast aircraft coming in and dropping off 12 or so Marine’s, then fucking off before they can STRELA-3 it’s ass! Leaving them to contend with the US marine corps noobs!

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  5. oussi
    February 11th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    it was nice if the chinese Z-10 and AH1Z are in the game:D

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  6. Ingo Holstein
    February 12th, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    The Teaser shows definately the Bell Textron UH-1Y!!! Hope piloting won`t be too easy.

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    February 13th, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    The MH-6 Little Bird is shown in one of the screenshots.

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  8. Nikki
    February 17th, 2011 at 6:22 am

    I’d like to see some choppers besides these: KA-60, Russian counterpart to UH-60, AH-1, AH-6 and, of course, HUEY

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  9. Onyour4head
    February 24th, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    BF 1942 Has some good Helis that never came back

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    • Immune
      June 18th, 2011 at 11:57 pm

      Heli’s were not Part of 1942, they were actually in the MOD Desert Combat, the mother of modern warfare fps.

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  10. Sandbag
    March 9th, 2011 at 1:40 am

    I like realism, if a black hawk seats more players then it seats more players, if a teams organized then theyll tell the other passengers, ”too risky” and only allow2-4, other way around your on a team with a bunch of randoms and you see its getting packed, get off haha

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  11. T3AM::RR::
    March 15th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    * I know Comanche is not being built, but i would like to see him in an BF3 Air Battle.

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    • Mr Pink
      April 14th, 2011 at 10:34 pm

      The Chinese Z-10 is essentially a Comanche ripoff, although it combines features of the Eurocopter/Tiger and the Mi-28 Havoc.

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  12. Sandbag
    March 19th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    The Cobra nees to be in here, its the essential Marine Assault Helicopter, i dont see that being any different 5 years from now

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  13. Johan Kellgren
    March 25th, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Please add Joystick support.some of us are accomplished Flightsim pilots
    but just can`t use the helicopters without it.Of course I can land in almost any forrest-clearing,but only if I got a proper stick.If you like,I can tell you something about how they should behave true-to-life if you put in joystick-support so I can make a comparison.
    Love Johan

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    • badsequence
      April 22nd, 2011 at 8:02 am

      I’m pretty sure there will be joystick support for BF3 as it is a sequel to BF2 which had wonderful joystick support I still hop on every now and then just to fly the cobra. I dont like the no flight stick support of bad company 2 oh it sees my flight stick but makes it the default movment for in and out of vehicles

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    • name
      July 1st, 2011 at 5:31 pm

      ya but wat if the joy stick makes it easier and obviously not everyone is not gonna have a joy stick so it will be like cheating u stupid retard

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      • Mitzer1
        July 1st, 2011 at 8:13 pm

        No need for the stupid retard part. And it comes down to preference, they might be good with a joystick, but another person might be better using a keyboard and mouse

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      • Apache1971
        July 22nd, 2011 at 6:15 am

        I flew the apaches to a very high standard in bf2 for years , ask anyone who gunned for me :) seat switched also , all with a logitech joypad and had the precision of any mouse keyboard player.

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  14. elmokicksbutt
    March 27th, 2011 at 4:42 am

    Theres chinooks featured in one of the gameplay trailers
    will it be featured in multiplayer
    i mean imagine driving your humvee onto it and the pilot fly u around the map

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    March 30th, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Once again The MH-6 Little Bird is shown in one of the screenshots AND the new fault line 3 trailer.

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  16. ymkl
    March 31st, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    It would be good if there was CV-22-Osprey helicopter in the game.

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    • RastaCC
      July 4th, 2011 at 10:34 pm

      what would be so good about it? It’s essentially a small cargo plane that with vtol. I could see it playing a role in the single player, but not in multiplayer.

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  17. darkpyro
    April 3rd, 2011 at 2:23 am

    it would be great if there was a CH-47 Chinook helicopter to transport people. or if there was a Mil Mi-26 helicopter.

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  18. Sjampie
    April 5th, 2011 at 7:33 am

    I can agree on that darkpyro I love to see a Chinook to transport people and vehicles

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  19. Mr Pink
    April 14th, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    My picks: a gunship/attack version of the HIND (i.e., actually able to use rocket pods and missiles), the Ka-50 “Alligator”, the Cobra, Z-10, and/or Eurocopter. Maybe the KH-58 Kiowa as well. Granted, I am saying add these to the ones already featured in the Bad Company series and/or the main Battlefield series.

    As a side note, I would like it if they would figure out a way to keep helicopter dogfights to a minimum. The only recorded or known helicopter dogfights occured in the Iran-Iraq War in the 80′s, so it would be nice if I could fly a helicopter without having to have a dogfight every 5 minutes while I’m trying to destroy ground targets.

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    • Mr Pink
      April 20th, 2011 at 3:20 am

      I also forgot to mention the MH-60L DAP. It’s the Blackhawk attack helicopter configuration, and it is terrible to behold!

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    • Skizioli
      August 17th, 2011 at 12:25 am

      Honestly I can’t say I agree with you about helicopter “dogfights.” if an all-out war would break out, which is the case in battlefield, both sides are going to field their full equipment/vehicles. So with that being said, their choppers would be fighting our choppers.

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    • 0range
      August 19th, 2011 at 12:48 pm

      First of all, KA-50 named “Black Shark”, “Alligator” is a name for KA-52. Both choppers are looking great, but only 15 KA-50 and 12 KA-52 were built (according to Russian wikipedia) and KA-50 is no longer produced, obviously, due to it’s single-seat configuration that looks quite unreliable on the battlefield. Both choppers are ultra-popular among gamers, but somehow not so great for Russian air force and for DICE.
      And about dogfights. Well, all modern gunships can be equipped with air-to-air missiles and can engage both ground and air targets from a great distance, that makes any ‘dogfighting’ completely unnecessary and relatively rare in real life. The only reason you have to dogfight other choppers so often in action games is that the real-life range of almost all of the gunships’ weaponry is far greater than map sizes, that created a need for a hundredfold decrease in range ‘for gameplay balance purposes’.

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  20. Jim S
    April 15th, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    KA-50 black-shark, RAH-66 Commanche and CH-47 Chinooks would be a nice addition to the battlefield

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    • tankbuster
      May 2nd, 2011 at 3:33 am

      the rah-66 program was canceld at 2004 so i dont think it will be in the gam

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      • Undesignated
        June 4th, 2011 at 2:36 pm

        If you look at the wake island concept art I think you can see what looks like a few Commanche’s next to the air field. It may have been brought back since it is 10 years later and the world is in WW3 or on the verge of it so it could be a vital weapons system if brought back.

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  21. RJ
    April 21st, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    oh 6 was in full length trailer. It woild be nice to pilot an oh 6 in multiplayer, killin people with mounted mg’s and rocket pods all able to activate by you only so noobs dont miss the god damn target!!

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  22. rabbani
    April 28th, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    AH1Z cobra ?????

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  23. nick
    May 1st, 2011 at 6:54 am

    needs to have the american classic UH-1H the cobra the chinook/seaknight and the oh 6

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  24. Wudska
    May 1st, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    In BFBC2 flying heli was like either your good at it or your bad at it and always get shot down so they should maybe introduce the something where you have to earn your right to fly like Battlefield free2play(only saying chopper Noobs)

    Oh and must importantly i think they should make real crash scenes but also where you can control the heli a bit and maybe survive the crash instead of jumping out :p

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    • I still havent played bf3
      November 7th, 2011 at 8:21 pm

      If you kind of think about it.. Battlefield or any game.. should introduced scenish crashes to their multiplayer. Like for example if your heli or jet gets hit and see if you can survive the crash or die. And Jet bailing will introduce the seat that you fly out of and then parachute down

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  25. tankbuster
    May 2nd, 2011 at 3:28 am

    i hope they will include the ka-50/ka-52 in the game because i just love this chopper and it looks amazing

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