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Army Aviation
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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.

Contents

Tasks

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:

Equipment

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

References

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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