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Venezuela
Army Aviation

 

Current Title: Ejército Nacional Bolivariana
Title in English: National Boliviarian Army
Abbreviation: ENBV

History

Narrative Summary:
Venezuelan Army Aviation Service was established during 1970 as Sección Aerea Del Ejército (Army Air Section) with a Queen Air. It was not until 1977, when the service received some Bell UH-1H. The Air Section was expanded and became 81 Regimiento de Caballeria Aérea on 11.4.1978. During the next years the Army Aviation was given a small quantity of fixed wing aircraft and a reorganisation took place on 21.6.1982 with the expansion of existing units.

During the 1980s the regiment received many new helicopters, which resulted in another reorganisation on 29.5.1990, when the subordinated units of the 81 Regimiento de Caballeria Aérea became numbered units (e.g. 813 Grupo Aéreo de Apoyo y Asalto). Another new organisation was announced on 7.6.1993, when the units became another time unnumbered units (e.g. Grupo Aéreo de Apoyo y Asalto). The present organistion, with the activation of the Comando de la Aviación del Ejército, was established on 15.1.2001, when the current three battalions and one flying school were formed.

During 2006 a large influx of Russian helicopters started with the delievery of one Mi-26T Pemón, six Mi-17 Panare and five Mi-35M Caribe.

 

Key Dates:
1970    Sección Aerea Del Ejército was formed.
11 April 1978   81 Regimiento de Caballeria Aérea was established.
15 January 2001   Comando de la Aviación del Ejército was formed.
 

Current Status:
The aircraft of the Army Aviation are fully operational.

Future Plans:
No information available.

Markings

National Insignia:
Current --- Historical

 

 

Aircraft Serial Numbering System(s):
Helicpoter and aircraft are serialled EV (Ejército Venezolana) followed by the year of acquisition and a two or three digit sequential number.eg. EV-7001. The prefix changed to EBV (Ejército Bolivariana) in 2007 and was another time changed to ENBV (Ejército Nacional Bolivariana) from 2008 on.

 

Unit/Base Aircraft Code System(s):
Coding system not used.

Aircraft

Aircraft Designation System(s):
None.

Current Aircraft Inventory:
Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List:
Alphabetical Order --- Chronological Order

Organisation

Main Headquarters:
Base Aérea Francisco de Miranda, La Carlota, Caracas

Current Organisational Structure:
The Army Aviation is organised in three operational battalions and one flying school.

Current Order of Battle:
Table of Current Order of Battle

 

 

Historical Orders of Battle:

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1978)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1983)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1990)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1993)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1995)


 

All-Time Flying Units List:

 

 

Air Bases

Current Air Bases:
The Venezuela Army Guard Aviation currently operates four mayor airbases and some secondary airfields.

Military Air Bases Listing

All-Time Air Bases Used List:
Military Air Bases Listing

More Information

Books:

 

None.
 

Magazines:

 

World Air Power Journal No.30 p. 150-157

Websites:

Comando de la Aviación del Ejército

FAV-Club / Ejercito de Venezuela

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First Created: 25 June 2007 - Last Revised:  25 June 2009
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