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U.S. soldiers in OH-58D Kiowa and AH-64 Apache helicopters conduct a combat air patrol in Iraq

Soldiers rapelling from a JGSDF UH-1H in 2007

A Defender surveillance aircraft, of the British Army Air Corps

CH-53G helicopter of the German Army Aviators Corps during Operation Provide Comfort in Northern Iraq

French Army Light Aviation Eurocopter Cougar in Afghanistan

Indian Army HAL Dhruv helicopter deploying US troops during joint exercise

An army aviation unit is an aviation-related unit of a nation's army, often described as an air corps. 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". Greenwood. ISBN 0-313-28522-5. 
  • Gunston, Bill (1981). "An illustrated guide to military helicopters". Arco Publishing. ISBN 0-668-05345-3. 
  • Halberstadt, Hans (1990). "Army Aviation". Presidio. ISBN 0-89141-251-4. 
  • Sutton, John; Walker, John (1990). "From horse to helicopter. Transporting the British Army in war and peace". Cooper. ISBN 0-85052-724-4. 
  • Warner, Guy; Boyd, Alex (2004). "Army Aviation in Ulster". Colourpoint Books. ISBN 1-904242-27-8. 
  • Young, Ralph B. (2000). "Army aviation in Vietnam. An illustrated history of unit insignia, aircraft camouflage and markings". Huey Co.. ISBN 0-9671980-1-1. 

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