Current Order of Battle

of the Australian Army Aviation Corps
Squadron Type Base
16th Brigade (Aviation), Gallipoli Barracks, Enogerra, QLD
1st Aviation Regiment (Reconnaissance) Darwin, NT
161 (Reconnaissance) Squadron Tiger Robertson Barracks, Darwin, NT
162 (Reconnaissance) Squadron Tiger Robertson Barracks, Darwin, NT
5th Aviation Regiment (Air Mobility) Townsville, QLD
A Squadron MRH 90 Townsville, QLD
B Squadron S-70A Black Hawk Townsville, QLD
C Squadron CH-47D Chinook Townsville, QLD
6th Aviation Regiment (Reconnaissance) Holsworthy, NSW
171 (Support) Squadron S-70A Holsworthy, NSW
173 (Support) Squadron Kiowa Holsworthy, NSW
Army Aviation Training Centre Oakey, QLD
School of Army Aviation All types Oakey, QLD
Army Helicopter School Kiowa Oakey, QLD
6th Brigade, Victoria Barracks, Sydney, NSW
20th Surveillance and Target Acquisition Regiment Gallipoli Barracks, Enogerra, QLD
132 Battery various UAVs Gallipoli Barracks, Enogerra, QLD

Australian Army Aviation Corps

Operator Profile


Narrative Summary

To be added.

Key Dates

1946 16 Air OP Flight first established within the RAAF.
1957 No 1 Army Aviation Company first established.
1 December 1960 16 Army Light Aircraft Squadron first established.
1960 First helicopter type obtained – Bell 47G.
1965 First unit deployed to participate in the Vietnam War.
1 July 1968 Australian Army Aviation Corps formally established.
1973 Army Aviation Center at Oakey established.
1986 RAAF battlefield helicopters transferred to the Army.
2009 Last fixed-wing aircraft withdrawn.

Current Status

All AAAC aircraft and helicopters are currently active.

Future Plans

No plans known.


National Insignia

Army aircraft originally operated in an overall dark green colour scheme with RAAF-style Red Kangeroo roundels in the standard six positions, and a blue-white-red fin flash. The service title ARMY was carried on the fuselage sides. With the adoption of the dark green/medium green/sandy brown camouflage on front-line types, the fin flash was deleted and the roundel was replaced by a black kangeroo low-viz marking on an area of the sandy brown camouflage. There is no ring around the kangeroo marking. ARMY service titles are carried on the fuselage sides.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Aircraft operating with the AAAC carry serials in the same sequence as the RAAF, e.g. Chinook A15-102.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

A 2006 order for IAI I-View 250 Surveilance UAVs was cancelled in 2008.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

To be added.


Main Headquarters

Headquarters, 16th Aviation Brigade, Gallipoli Barracks, Qld – or Enogerra Barracks, Brisbane?

Organisational Structure

The AAAC comprises the 16th Aviation Brigade of the 1st Division of the Australian Army. It is divided into the 1st, 5th and 6th Aviation Regiments plus the Army Aviation Training Centre.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

List of Historical Orders of Battle – to be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

Units Listing

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

AAAC aircraft are based at Robertson Barrack (Darwin), Townsville QLD, Holsworthy NSW and Oakey QLD.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

To be added.

More Information


None known.


To be added


wikipedia: Australian Army Aviation
Official website
Australian Army Aviation Association
History of Australian Army Aviation
Museum of Australian Army Flying

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.


Current Aircraft Inventory
Australian Army Aviation

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
AAI RQ-7 Shadow 18 18 0 Surveillance
Bell 206B-1 Kiowa 56 31 0 Trainer
Boeing CH-47D Chinook 10 8 0 Transport
Boeing CH-47F Chinook 7 1 0 Transport
Elbit Systems Skylark ? ? 0 Surveillance
Eurocopter EC135 1 1 14 Trainer
Eurocopter EC665 Tiger ARH 22 22 0 Reconnaissance/Attack
Insitu Aerosonde ? ? 0 Surveillance
Insitu Scan Eagle UAV ? ? 0 Surveillance
NH Industries MRH 90 33 33 14 Transport
Sikorsky S-70A-9 Black Hawk 39 34 0 Transport

All-Time Units Listing

of the Australian Army Aviation Corps

This page lists all the flying units of the Australian Army Aviation Corps, since its formation.

16 Army Light Aircraft Squadron
16 Aviation Brigade
1 Aviation Regiment
161 Squadron
162 Squadron
5 Aviation Regiment
A Squadron
B Squadron
C Squadron
6 Aviation Regiment
171 Squadron
173 Squadron
1 Army Aviation Company
161 Independent Reconnaissance Flight
183 Independent Reconnaissance Flight
131 Surveillance and Target Acquisition Battery
20 Surveillance and Target Acquisition Regiment
132 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Battery
Australian Army Aviation Training Centre
Australian School of Army Aviation
Australian Army Helicopter School

All-Time Aircraft Used List
Australian Army Aviation

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
AAI RQ-7 Shadow 18 2012 current USA
Aerospatiale AS350B Ecureuil 18 1984 1998 France
Auster Mk III ? ? ? UK
Beech 200 Super King Air 4 1996 1999 USA
Beech 200C Super King Air ? ? ? USA
Beech 350 Super King Air 1 2000 current USA
Bell 47G Sioux 65 1960 1977 USA
Bell OH-58A Kiowa 8 1971 1971 leased
Bell 206B Kalkadoon 42 1971 1998 USA/Australia
Bell 412 2 2007 current contractor
Bell UH-1H Iroquois 24 1989 1999 USA
Boeing CH-47D Chinook 5 1995 current USA
Boeing CH-47F Chinook 7 ? n/a USA
CASA 212 Aviocar 2 2007 current contractor
Cessna 180 Skywagon 19 1959 1976 USA
Cessna O-1 Bird Dog 3 1967 ? US Army
De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 3 1996 2004 Ex-civil
Elbit Systems Skylark ? ? current Israel
Embraer EMB.110P1 Bandierante 4 1995 1995 leased
Eurocopter Tiger 22 ? current Australia?
Eurocopter EC135 ? ? ? leased
GAF N22B Nomad 19 1975 1997 Australia
GAF N24A Nomad 5 ? ? Australia
GAF Pika 2 1950 1954 Australia
Hiller UH-12E1 4 1986 ? USA
Insitu Aerosonde ? ? current USA
NH Industries MRH 90 40 14 current Australia?
Pilatus PC-6/B2-H2 Turbo Porter 19 1968 1994 Switzerland
Sikorsky S-70A-9 Black Hawk 39 1987 ? Australia
Sud Aviation SA 316 Alouette III 3 1964 1980 France