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Army Aviation Role

Army Aviation is an amalgam of military capability drawn from the following Regiments and Corps:

  • Army Air Corps
  • Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
  • Royal Logistic Corps
  • Adjutant General's Corps

The Army Air Corps (AAC) operates alongside the other Combat Arms of the Infantry and Royal Armoured Corps. Combat Arms are those forces that use fire and manoeuvre to engage with the enemy with direct fire systems. The forces providing fire support and operational assistance to the Combat Arms are called Combat Support Forces.

The Five Roles of Army Aviation:

Offensive Action - the application of firepower and manoeuvre in order to defeat the enemy.

Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) - the use of Army Aviation to gather information using optical and electronic devices.

Control and Direction of Firepower - the use of Army Aviation to observe enemy forces and engage with other weapon systems such as fighter ground attack, main battle tanks, artillery and mortars, land based rocket systems and naval fire support platforms.

Command Support - providing the capability for commanders to move around the battle quickly.

Movement of Personnel and Materiel - support to specialist operations, helicopter evacuation and delivery of vital equipment.


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