Colombian National Army Aviation

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The Colombian National Army Aviation is an aviation combat arms unit in the Colombian National Army. Its history dates back to December 31, 1919, but was not fully developed until August 25, 1995 when this unit is officially activated under the name "Aviación Ejército" (Army Aviation). The Army Aviation was created to support ground operations from the air.

History[edit]

Military aviation began in Colombia in 1919 with the creation of a military aviation school for the Colombian Army. Previously by Law 15 of 1916 of September 7 to commissions were sent overseas to study new technological advancements in aviation, infantry, cavalry, engineering and trains. Officers pertaining to the Colombian Army were also sent to take a course on flight training on techniques and tactics. The school is then created in Colombia along with the Colombian National Army Aviation as a fifth regiment by Law 126 of 1919 of December 31 authorized by President of Colombia, Marco Fidel Suárez. The unit was officially activated on February 15, 1921 in Flandes, Department of Tolima with the support of French mission led by Lieutenant Colonel Rene Guichard. The Aviation School initially had 3 Caudron G.3 E-2, 3 Caudron G.4 A-2 and four Nieuport Delage 11 C-1. The school was closed due to financial hardships on 1922.

Current Order of Battle[edit]

25th Army Aviation Brigade

  • Army Aviation Operational Command (AAF Fuerte Tolemaida)

Army Aviation Airfield "TG. General Gustavo Rojas Pinilla"

  • 2nd Air Assault Aviation Battalion operating UH-60L
  • 3rd Equipment and Troop Transport Aviation Battalion operating Ми-17-1В/МД/B5
  • 4th Reconnaissance and Escort Aviation Battalion operating UH-1N
  • 5th Aerial Movement Aviation Battalion operating UH-1H-II
  • Special Operations Aviation Battalion
  • Aviation Training Battalion
  • Aviation Maintenance Battalion
  • 25th Aviation Support and Service Battalion

Army Aviation Base Bogotà, El Dorado I.A.P.

  • 1st Aircraft Aviation Battalion operating AN-32A, C212-100, Ce208B, RC695/A and various Beech aircraft types
  • Army Aviation School
  • Aviation Logistics and Service Battalion

Army Aviation

  • Detachment of 2nd AAABn operating UH-60L
  • Detachment of 4th REABn operating UH-1N
  • Detachment of 5th AMABn operating UH-1H-II
  • 6th Mobility and Manoeuvre Battalion operating helicopters detached from the parent units

Army Aviation Base San José del Guaviare

  • Detachment of 2nd AAABn operating UH-60L
  • Detachment of 4th REABn operating UH-1N
  • Detachment of 5th AMABn operating UH-1H-II
  • 4th Mobility and Manoeuvre Battalion operating helicopters detached from the parent units

Army Aviation Base Tumaco

  • Detachment of 2nd AAABn operating UH-60L
  • Detachment of 4th REABn operating UH-1N
  • Detachment of 5th AMABn operating UH-1H-II

Batallón de Movilidad y Maniobra No. 1 Forward Operating Base Buena Vista

  • 1st Mobility and Manoeuvre Battalion operating helicopters detached from the parent units

Forward Operating Base Saravena

  • 5th Mobility and Manoeuvre Battalion operating helicopters detached from the parent units

Aircraft inventory[edit]

While reliant on the Colombian Air Force for heavier air support, the Army maintains a fleet of 163 aircraft, including 141 helicopters.

Fixed Wing Origin Type Version(s) In service[1] Notes
Gulfstream Turbo Commander  United States Transport Commander 1000 2
Beechcraft King Air  United States Transport 90
200
350
4
Beechcraft Super King Air  United States Electronic warfare 200
350
4
Cessna 208 Caravan  United States Utility 5
Aero Commander 500  United States Utility Rockwell 685 Commander 2
CASA C-212 Aviocar  Spain Transport 2
Antonov An-32  Ukraine Transport 2
Helicopters Origin Type Version(s) In service[1] Notes
UH-1 Iroquois
UH-1N Twin Huey
 United States Utility helicopter UH-1H
UH-1N
64
Mil Mi-17  Russia Transport helicopter 21 One lost on 25 February 2013.[2]
Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk  United States Transport/ Combat helicopter UH-60L
S-70i
54
7[3]
Including the 15 from Plan Colombia. All S-70i helicopters used by the Special Operations Aviation Battalion.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b World Air Forces 2013 - Flightglobal.com, pg 13, December 11, 2012
  2. ^ Air Forces Monthly. Stamford, Lincolnshire, England: Key Publishing Ltd. April 2013. p. 31. 
  3. ^ a b Colombian Army receives two new S-70i helicopters - Janes.com, 4 September 2013

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