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Australian Army Helicopters
Australian Army Aviation Corps is formed: July 1, 1968
Service entries: Hawker de Havilland Australia/Sikorsky S-70A-9 Black Hawk January 1988| Boeing CH-47D Chinook June 1995 | Airbus Helicopters Tiger ARH April 14, 2016

Tracing its roots back to 1911, the Australian Army Aviation Corps provides aviation reconnaissance, firepower support, air mobility, battlefield support, and surveillance in a combined, joint or interagency environment. From the formation of the Army's modern aviation element in the late 1950s and early 1960s, aircrew were drawn from combat arms and services across the Army, supplemented by the Air Force in key positions. Throughout the 1960s, the Army personnel gradually replaced the Air Force members until all operational positions were filled by the Army. In 1968, the Australian Army Aviation Corps was formed, providing a coherent career path for aircrew and, eventually, ground-support personnel.

Since November 2009, the Army's air assets are composed exclusively of rotary-wing aircraft, with the Royal Australian Air Force operating the Australian Defence Force's fixed-wing fleet.

Today, the Australian Army Aviation Corps operates various types of rotorcraft including the Sikorsky S-70A-9 Black Hawk, Boeing CH-47D/F Chinook, Bell 206B-1 Kiowa, Eurocopter Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopter, NHIndustries MRH-90 Taipan multi-role helicopter, and civil helicopter training aircraft. These rotorcraft are currently supporting Australian Defence Force operations in the Middle East and Oceania.

Description: Robert L. Roedts II
Photo credit: Australian Department of Defence

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