The Aviación del Ejercito of Venezuela operates a fleet of helicopters and small
transport aircraft to provide the Army with the important force multiplier of air mobility
as well as an air transport capability. Here you will find a pictorial of the force's main
aircraft types in service today.
The workhorse of the Army Aviation Corps is the
Bell model 412EP and 412SP. This all-purpose helicopter can be used for tactical transport of troops,
patrol duties, insertions into combat zones of troops as well as escort or gunship armed with
machine guns and rockets. The type will soon be repainted in the new three-tone green camoflage.
The Army Aviation Corps operated a number of Agusta-Sikorsky AS-61D Sea King for the medium/heavy transport role.
The Sea King helicopter is a valuable asset to the army because it can carry the 155mm Howitser and still have enough
payload capability for the Howitser crew to take place in the cabin. The AS-61 were repainted in the new green three-tone
layout after their recent update which took place between 2001 and 2004. The AS-61 crews are also trained to carry out SAR and CSAR missions.
Besides these two important types the corps already operates a number of other helicopters. The Agusta A-109
is used as a multi-role attack helicopter for the battlefield. It is equipped with advanced system, multiple machine guns and rocket pods
to attack the enemy or provide escort to the Bell 412s. Several UH-1H 'Hueys' are still operated in transport and medevac roles, but can
also be equipped as gunship. The Bell 206 Jet Ranger is used primarily for training and liasion duties.
A seperate branch of the corps is the fixed-wing branch which is reponsible for providing the
army with a medium transport capability for longer range flights. The IAI Arava has been replaced
by the Polish-built M-28 Skytruck, although some examples remain in service today. The M-28 is not only
used for transport, but also for medevac and recon missions. Several types of Cessna light aircraft are in
the service, used for training as well as observation and liasion duties.
Besides these aircraft the army aviation corps operates Beech King Air aircraft for VIP transport and liasion.
Please note that the Cougar helicopters are operated by the air force (Fuerza Aérea Venezolana - FAV).
I wish to thank Iván Peńa Nesbit (firstname.lastname@example.org) for providing me
with these superb pictures. More of his pictures will be published along with his report on the Aviation Air Corps
soon. On behalf of Iván and myself, I wish to thank the army officers and helicopter crews of the
Aviación del Ejercito for the opportunity to take these pictures and publish them on MILAVIA
for aviation enthusiasts from all over the world:
Cnel. (Ej) Ávila
Cnel (Ej) Iván Reyes
Cap. (Ej) Carlos Quintero Regos
EV-9957 Crew : Cnel. Iván Reyes, Cap. Irausquin, SM/3ra Giovanni Pombo, SGT/1ro Luis Vieira
Tte. (Ej) Frank Rodriguez