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Helicopter Strength by Country

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 4/7/2014

Since the first operational-level helicopter was introduced in 1930s, rotary-wing aircraft have become a staple of any modern fighting force.

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From a military perspective, the helicopter fulfills a variety of roles for all branches of service. There are dedicated platforms developed for specific battlefield requirements including form of attack, transport, observation, search & rescue, special forces insertion/extraction, anti-submarine / anti-ship warfare and replenishment. In any role, the helicopter is prized for its landing/take-off footprint and ability to reach areas that neither vehicles nor fixed-wing aircraft can reach. Helicopter systems on order heading into 2014 are NOT taken into account.


Helicopter strength data through 2014.

1
6,012
2
973
3
909
4
856
5
671
6
561
7
504
8
436
9
418
10
401
11
362
12
276
13
263
14
263
15
252
16
248
17
245
18
237
19
203
20
202
21
195
22
188
23
176
24
169
25
157
26
156
27
149
28
146
29
146
30
143
31
141
32
139
33
137
34
124
35
124
36
119
37
107
38
98
39
96
40
95
41
91
42
88
43
86
44
84
45
84
46
82
47
79
48
75
49
73
50
71
51
68
52
67
53
66
54
66
55
65
56
64
57
63
58
63
59
56
60
54
61
52
62
51
63
45
64
44
65
44
66
42
67
42
68
40
69
39
70
38
71
38
72
36
73
33
74
33
75
30
76
30
77
29
78
27
79
27
80
26
81
25
82
24
83
24
84
23
85
21
86
20
87
20
88
20
89
18
90
17
91
17
92
16
93
16
94
14
95
14
96
13
97
12
98
11
99
10
100
9
101
9
102
8
103
5
104
4
105
4
106
4

Partial Sources: CIA.gov, CIA World Factbook, wikipedia.com, public domain print and media sources and user contributions. Some values may be estimated when official sources are lacking.

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