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Army Aviation

Current Title: Haerens Flyvetjaeneste
Title in English: Danish Army Air Service
Abbreviation: HFT


Narrative Summary:
An Army aviation unit was established 1971 for observation and liaison duties, flying the Hughes 500. In 1980 an anti-tank capability was added with the arrival of the Fennec. Vandel AB closed in 2003 and both helicopter units moved to Karup, combining to become Esk 724 under RDanAF control.

Key Dates:
1971    Army aviation unit established.
2003    Army aviation unit moves to Karup to become part of the RDanAF.

Current Status:
In 2003 Army aviation was amalgamated into the RDanAF, and became Esk 724 at Karup.

Future Plans:
Not applicable.


National Insignia:

          Main markingFin Flash
The main marking was displayed on each side of the fuselage on helicopters. The fin flash was displayed on the fin. Army helicopters do not carry service titles.

Aircraft Serial Numbering System(s):
Danish army helicopters used the same serialling system as the air force - a letter prefix and unique three figure number for each airframe.

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


Aircraft Designation System(s):
None - Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory:
Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List:
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Aerospatiale AS.550C2 Fennec 8 1980 2003 France
Hughes 500M 16 1971 2003 USA

Aircraft NOT Used:
Four Bell UH-1H helicopters were offered by the USA in March 1996, but finally rejected in September 1997.


Main Headquarters:
PO Box 202, DK-2950 Vedbaek.

Current Organisational Structure:
Not applicable.

Current Order of Battle:
Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle:
1980s & 1990s:
Squadron Type Base
Observations-Helikopter Kompagni Hughes H.500M Vandel
Panservaerns-Helikopter Kompagni AS.550C2/H.500M Vandel

All-Time Flying Units List:
Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases:
Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List:
Until 2003 the main army helicopter base was at Vandel.

More Information


To be added


World Air Power Journal No.1 p.134
Air International Feb 1995


Official Danish Army webpage

wikipedia: Royal Danish Army


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First Created: 20 November 1995 - Last Revised: 21 May 2008
Copyright 1995 John Hayles.    e-mail: john@aeroflight.co.uk