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Current Title: Aviación del Ejército Equatoriana
Title in English: Ecuadorian Army Aviation
Abbreviation: AEE


Narrative Summary:
The aviation element of the Army (Ejército) was formed in 1954 originally named Servicio Aéreo del Ejército (SAE). It was renamed Aviación del Ejército Equatorina (AEE) in 1978. From 1981 onward the flying elements were concentrated in an aviation brigade, effectively transforming the army aviation into an operational brigade within the army structure. Honouring the army aviation's role in the Paquisha conflict in 1981, the unit was renamed Brigada de Aviación del Ejército No.15 "Paquisha" on July, 1 1987. Finally, in 1996 the AEE gained the status of a full arm within the army recognising its vital role in the Cenepa conflict of 1995.


Key Dates:
1954    Servicio Aéreo del Ejército (SAE) was formed.
1978 Aviación del Ejército Equatorina (AEE) was estblished.
1981 Brigada de Aviación del Ejército No.15 was formed.
1 July 1987 Brigada de Aviación del Ejército No.15 got the name "Paquisha" .
1996 AEE gained the status of a full arm within the army.

Current Status:
Units of the Army Aviation are fully operational.

Future Plans:
No information available.


National Insignia:
Current --- Historical



Aircraft Serial Numbering System(s):
The prefix SAE was used from 1954 until 1978. Since then AEE is used. Aircraft and helicopter serials are also prefixed according to role:


AE   - Artillería y Escuela

E     - Escuela

IGM - Instituto Geográfico Militar del Ecuador

T     - Transporte


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


Aircraft Designation System(s):

Current Aircraft Inventory:
Table of Current Service Aircraft

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


Main Headquarters:
Campamento Militar General Marco Zubia, Balbina

Current Organisational Structure:
The Army Aviation is organised in three operational groups, one survey unit and one training school..

Current Order of Battle:
Table of Current Order of Battle



Historical Orders of Battle:

Servicio Aéreo del Ejército (SAE)


All-Time Flying Units List: (only units, which are not included in the Orders of Battle)



Air Bases

Current Air Bases:
The Ecuadorian Army Aviation currently operates five mayor airbases and a number of secondary airfields.

Military Air Bases Listing

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

More Information







World Air Power Journal No.30 p. 142

Air International 5/2000 p. 282-284


Ejército del Ecuador (official homepage)

Ministerio de Defensa Nacional

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