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Army Aviation
Soldiers in OH-58D Kiowa and AH-64 Apache helicopters from the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment conduct a combat air patrol near Tal Afar, Iraq.
Soldiers rapelling from a JGSDF UH-1H at Camp Matsudo, Japan, in 2007
An RAF Aérospatiale Puma with a US Army UH-60 Blackhawk
CH-53G helicopter of the German Army Aviators Corps during Operation Provide Comfort in Northern Iraq
French Army Light Aviation Eurocopter Cougar in Afghanistan

Army Aviation refers to aviation-related units of a nation's army. These units are generally separate from a nation's dedicated air force, and usually comprise helicopters and light support fixed-wing aircraft.



The tasks of each army's aviation units are defined slightly different, depending on nationality. Some general characteristics, however, apply to all army aviation units regardless of provenience:


In order to fulfill their manifold tasks, army aviation mostly uses helicopters. These helicopters can be classified into the following types:

List of national army aviation components

See also


Further reading

  • Allen, Matthew (1993), Military helicopter doctrines of the major powers, 1945-1992. Making decisions about air-land warfare, Westport (CT): Greenwood, ISBN 0-3132-8522-5  
  • Gunston, Bill (1981), An illustrated guide to military helicopters, New York: Arco Publishing, ISBN 0-6680-5345-3  
  • Halberstadt, Hans (1990), Army Aviation, Novato (CA): Presidio, ISBN 0-8914-1251-4  
  • Sutton, John; Walker, John (1990), From horse to helicopter. Transporting the British Army in war and peace, London: Cooper, ISBN 0-8505-2724-4  
  • Warner, Guy; Boyd, Alex (2004), Army Aviation in Ulster, Newtownards, Co. Down: Colourpoint Books, ISBN 1-9042-4227-8  
  • Young, Ralph B. (2000), Army aviation in Vietnam. An illustrated history of unit insignia, aircraft camouflage and markings, Ramsey (NJ): Huey Co., ISBN 0-9671-9801-1  

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