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Army Aviation

Current Title: Heeresfliegertruppen
Title in English: German Army Aviation Corps
Abbreviation: Heer


Narrative Summary:
First formed July 1957.

Key Dates:
July 1957    German Army air arm established (Heeresflieger)
3 October 1990    Re-unification with East Germany

Current Status:
To be added

Future Plans:
Procurement of 80 Eurocopter Tiger UHU attack helicopters to replace the Bo 105 from 2001. Planned total commitment is 120 helicopters.
Take delivery of 48 NHI NH.90TTH helicopters from 2004 to replace the UH-1D.
Upgrading of 20 CH-53G to CH-53GS standard for CSAR duties.
Replace CH-53G with new heavy-lift helicopter from 2015-2020.


National Insignia:
Current --- Historical

Aircraft Serial Numbering System(s):

Up until 1968, Heeresflieger aircraft were allocated an alphanumeric identity code comprising two letters and three numbers, eg: H-34G QA+475. For the Army, the letters were in the range PA to QZ. These codes were not permament, and could change as the aircraft moved between units. On 1 January 1968 a proper unique serial numbering system was introduced, consisting of a four digit number, allocated in blocks according to the aircraft's main role, eg: UH-1D 73+44.


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

Current Aircraft Inventory:
Table of Current Service Aircraft

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

Aircraft NOT Used:
False reports of aircraft on order or in service


Main Headquarters:

Current Organisational Structure:
Army aviation is divided into four Transport regiments, two Attack regiments and five liaison squadrons.

Current Order of Battle:
Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle:
List of Historical Orders of Battle - to be added.

All-Time Flying Units List:
To be added.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases:
The main air bases currently used are Bentlage, Buckeburg, Celle, Fassberg, Fritzlar, Holzdorf, Laupheim, Niederstetten and Röth bei Nürnberg.

All-Time Air Bases Used List:
A number of older air bases have been closed, and there are also a number of smaller airports and airfields around the country which are sometimes used by the Army.
Military Air Bases Listing - to be added.

More Information


German Military Aviation Bibliography - to be added.


World Air Power Journal No.1 p.140
Air Forces Monthly May 1997


German Army Aviators Corps Heeresflieger

Air-Britain: German Army photos

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