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Army Aviation

Current Title: Suomen Maavoimat
Title in English: Finnish Army Aviation
Abbreviation: SM


Narrative Summary:
An Army helicopter flight was formed on 1 January 1997, with equipment transferred from the Air Force.

Key Dates:
1 January 1997    Army aviation unit established.

Current Status:
To be added.

Future Plans:
20 NHI NH.90 tactical transport helicopters are on order to replace the Mi-8.
Procurement of up to 20 dedicated attack helicopters - such as the AH-64 or Tiger.


National Insignia:

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

Aircraft Serial Numbering System(s):
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 Aircraft Code System(s):
Coding system not used


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

Current Aircraft Inventory:
Aircraft Type Total
Role Origin
MDD MD 500D 3 2 AOP/Liaison Air Force
MDD MD 500E 6 6 AOP/Liaison Air Force/USA
Mil Mi-8P/8T 14 4 Transport/SAR/Firefighting Air Force
NHI NH90TTH 20* 1 Transport local
* on order.

All-Time Aircraft Used List:
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
MDD MD 500D 3 1997 current Air Force
MDD MD 500E 6 1997 current Air Force/USA
Mil Mi-8P/8T 14 1997 curent Air Force
NHI NH90TTH 20* 2008 curent local
* on order.

Aircraft NOT Used:
No false reports known.


Main Headquarters:
PL3041161, Tikkakoski, Jyväskylä.

Current Organisational Structure:
Army Aviation comprises one Battalion with two Companies.

Current Order of Battle:
Battalion Squadron Type Base
Helikopteri Pataljoona (Helicopter Battalion)
  1 Helikopteri Komppania Mi-8 Rovaniemi
  2 Helikopteri Komppania MD 500D/E Rovaniemi

Historical Orders of Battle:
To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List:
Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases:
The main Army Aviation base is Rovaniemi.

All-Time Air Bases Used List:
To be added.

More Information


To be added


Combat Aircraft Aug-Sept 1997


Finnish Defence Forces Official Website

wikipedia: Equipment of the Finnish Army

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