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Helicopter Strength by Country

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 2/17/2015

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 2015 are NOT taken into account.


Helicopter strength data through 2015.

1
6,196
2
1,120
3
908
4
741
5
668
6
601
7
584
8
443
9
402
10
355
11
355
12
313
13
299
14
260
15
255
16
252
17
245
18
244
19
224
20
210
21
202
22
185
23
182
24
169
25
169
26
168
27
156
28
148
29
148
30
147
31
143
32
140
33
125
34
123
35
123
36
116
37
101
38
96
39
95
40
90
41
88
42
87
43
86
44
82
45
81
46
81
47
79
48
79
49
75
50
72
51
71
52
68
53
67
54
66
55
66
56
65
57
64
58
63
59
62
60
56
61
54
62
52
63
51
64
50
65
48
66
45
67
45
68
43
69
43
70
42
71
42
72
41
73
39
74
38
75
37
76
33
77
32
78
30
79
30
80
29
81
28
82
27
83
25
84
25
85
24
86
23
87
23
88
23
89
22
90
21
91
20
92
20
93
20
94
19
95
17
96
17
97
17
98
17
99
16
100
16
101
16
102
15
103
15
104
14
105
14
106
14
107
12
108
12
109
11
110
10
111
9
112
8
113
7
114
7
115
6
116
6
117
6
118
5
119
5
120
4
121
4
122
4
123
4
124
2
125
1
126
0

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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