It’s time to get vertical in your whirlybird in War Thunder, as the attack helicopters have arrived! The new vehicles are the highlight of update 1.81: The Valkyries, with iconic vehicles from the U.S. and Russia leading the way.

Players can gain access to attack helicopters by unlocking them via in-game missions or through a purchase. To research and use them in-game, you’ll need at least one tier V vehicle (air or ground) unlocked from the American or Soviet tech trees.

Update 1.81 isn’t all about helicopters, though. 16 ground and air vehicles have received new models, and two new locations have been added to the game: one set in an American desert for tanks and another in the dense jungles of Vietnam for aerial battles. If you’re in the naval testing, there are two other new locations, Green Mountains Gulf, and Mediterranean Port.

Learn more about War Thunder’s Update 1.81 here.

Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.


  1. I just tried the warthunder naval beta (thx to the MMOBOMB raffle, Thx by the way I was debating on buying one of those packs) and I got to say I am happy that I didn’t invest money in there closed beta for that part of the game. If the Helicopter aspect is anything like their assault boats, I would suggest not investing and just wait (it might be free altogether, I didn’t bother checking the helicopters).

    And again thx to MMOBOMB, they saved me some money, always a good thing.


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