Brazilian Army Aviation Command
|Brazilian Army Aviation Command
Comando de Aviação do Exército
Army Aviation Patch
|Active||September 3, 1986 —|
|Role||Tactical Air Transport, Reconnaissance, Attack|
|Part of||Brazilian Army|
|Nickname||Brigada Ricardo Kirk|
|Commander||Brigade General ROBERTO SEBASTIÃO PETERNELLI JÚNIOR|
|Attack||Mil Mi-35, AS550N|
|Reconnaissance||AS550N, AS 365 K|
|Trainer||HB 350 L1|
|Transport||AS 365 K , AS 532 UE, EC725 Super Cougar|
The task of the Brazilian Army Aviation Command is to provide organic airmobility and support the ground forces by providing tactical air support, close air support and reconnaissance.
The origin of the Brazilian Army Aviation lies in the Paraguayan War, with on the one side Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay (the Triple Alliance) and on the other Paraguay, when the commander-in-chief of the Brazilian forces, Duke of Caxias, deployed observation balloons in the field to observe the enemy troops.
In 1941, upon the creation of the Aeronautics Ministry and of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), Military Aviation, which was the name of the army branch that operated the aircraft, ended its operations as all flying tasks brought under the aegis of the Brazilian Air Force.
In 1986, however, it was re-established under the name of Army Aviation to operate helicopters in support of the Brazilian Army.
- Army Aviation Command based at Taubaté SP which functions as operational command
- Army Aviation Directorate based Brasilia which is responsible for the logistics
Brazilian Army Aviation has six units at its disposal:
- 1st Army Aviation Battalion (1º Batalhão de Aviação do Exército (1º BAvEx)) based at Taubaté
- 2nd Army Aviation Battalion (2º Batalhão de Aviação do Exército (2º BAvEx)) based at Taubaté
- 3rd Army Aviation Battalion (3º Batalhão de Aviação do Exército (3º BAvEx)) based at Campo Grande (MS)
- 4th Army Aviation Battalion (4º Batalhão de Aviação do Exército (4º BAvEx)) based at Manaus (AM)
- Army Aviation Maintenance and Supply Battalion (Batalhão de Manutenção e Suprimento de Aviação do Exército) based at Taubaté
- Army Aviation Instruction Centre (Centro de Instrução de Aviação do Exército e a Base de Aviação) based at Taubaté
Army Aviation Command also operates and maintains the infrastructures of the Taubaté Military Airfield, thus guaranteeing the aeronautic activity of the units.
The 4th Army Aviation Battalion, based in Manaus, uses the aeronautic infrastructure provided by the Brazilian Air Force Manaus Air Base.
The Brazilian Army Aviation Command has 82 helicopters in service and operates the following; 
- 8 x Eurocopter AS 532 Cougar
- 19 x Eurocopter AS 550 Fennec
- 34 x Helibras HM-1 Pantera
- 16 x Helibras HB 350
- 4 x Sikorsky S-70 Black Hawk
- 2 x Eurocopter EC 725
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