Finnish Army Aviation

Operator Profile


Narrative Summary

An Army helicopter flight was formed on 1 January 1997, with equipment transferred from the Finnish Air Force. In 2008 the transport fleet began to be modernised with the introduction of the NHI NH90 helicopter.

Key Dates

1 January 1997 Army aviation unit first established.
March 2008 NHI NH90 enters service.

Current Status

All SM helicopters currently are currently active.

Future Plans

Procurement of up to 20 dedicated attack helicopters – such as the AH-64 or Tiger.


National Insignia


Aircraft Serial Numbers

Finnish army helicopters used the same serialling system as the air force – a two-letter prefix designating the aircraft type and a two or three figure number for each airframe.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
MD Helicopters MD500 3 2 0 AOP/Liaison
MD Helicopters MD500E 6 4 0 AOP/Liaison
NHI NH90TTH 20 20 0 Transport

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
MDD MD 500D 3 1997 current Finnish AF
MDD MD 500E 6 1997 current Finnish AF/USA
Mil Mi-8P/8T 14 1997 2011 Finnish AF
NHI NH90TTH 20 2008 current Finland

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.


Main Headquarters

PL3041161, Tikkakoski, Jyväskylä.

Organisational Structure

Army Aviation comprises one Battalion with two Companies.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

Helikopteri Pataljoona
1 Helikopteri Komppania
2 Helikopteri Komppania

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The main Army Aviation base is Rovaniemi.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information


None known.


Combat Aircraft Aug-Sept 1997


Finnish Defence Forces Official Website
wikipedia: Equipment of the Finnish Army

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.


National Markings
Finnish Army Aviation

This section describes and illustrates the various national insignia used by the Finnish Army Aviation since its formation:

Main MarkingFin Flash

The main marking is displayed on the fuselage sides of helicopters. A fin flash is not carried. Aircraft do not carry service titles.