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  • Total Helicopter Strength by Country


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

    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 the next year) are not taken into account.


    The data presented below is through 2017.


    1
    6,065  
    United States
    USA
    2
    1,389  
    Russia
    RUS
    3
    912  
    China
    CHN
    4
    709  
    South Korea
    SKO
    5
    666  
    India
    IND
    6
    659  
    Japan
    JPN
    7
    610  
    France
    FRA
    8
    455  
    Turkey
    TUR
    9
    430  
    Italy
    ITA
    10
    375  
    Germany
    GER
    11
    347  
    United Kingdom
    UKD
    12
    345  
    Taiwan
    TAI
    13
    316  
    Pakistan
    PAK
    14
    294  
    Thailand
    THA
    15
    257  
    Algeria
    ALG
    16
    257  
    Egypt
    EGP
    17
    250  
    Colombia
    COL
    18
    230  
    Brazil
    BRA
    19
    227  
    Saudi Arabia
    SAR
    20
    223  
    Greece
    GRE
    21
    211  
    Poland
    POL
    22
    210  
    Australia
    AUS
    23
    209  
    Mexico
    MEX
    24
    203  
    United Arab Emirates
    UAE
    25
    202  
    North Korea
    NKO
    26
    173  
    Spain
    SPA
    27
    168  
    Canada
    CAN
    28
    167  
    Syria
    SYR
    29
    161  
    Iraq
    IRQ
    30
    147  
    Indonesia
    INO
    31
    143  
    Israel
    ISR
    32
    142  
    Afghanistan
    AFG
    33
    137  
    Vietnam
    VTN
    34
    134  
    Jordan
    JOR
    35
    128  
    Morocco
    MOR
    36
    126  
    Iran
    IRN
    37
    118  
    Angola
    ANG
    38
    98  
    Philippines
    PHI
    39
    97  
    Peru
    PER
    40
    95  
    South Africa
    SAF
    41
    93  
    Azerbaijan
    AZR
    42
    88  
    Venezuela
    VEN
    43
    88  
    Malaysia
    MLY
    44
    87  
    Ukraine
    UKR
    45
    86  
    Argentina
    ARG
    46
    86  
    Myanmar
    MYA
    47
    84  
    Chile
    CHI
    48
    83  
    Tunisia
    TUN
    49
    76  
    Singapore
    SIN
    50
    74  
    Netherlands
    NET
    51
    70  
    Sudan
    SUD
    52
    70  
    Uzbekistan
    UZB
    53
    68  
    Romania
    ROM
    54
    67  
    Kazakhstan
    KAZ
    55
    67  
    Austria
    AST
    56
    62  
    Belarus
    BLR
    57
    62  
    Bahrain
    BAH
    58
    61  
    Bangladesh
    BAN
    59
    61  
    Kenya
    KEN
    60
    61  
    Yemen
    YEM
    61
    56  
    Czech Republic
    CZR
    62
    54  
    Lebanon
    LEB
    63
    50  
    Oman
    OMA
    64
    49  
    Sweden
    SWE
    65
    45  
    Sri Lanka
    SRL
    66
    45  
    Ecuador
    ECU
    67
    43  
    Kuwait
    KUW
    68
    43  
    Qatar
    QTR
    69
    42  
    Switzerland
    SWI
    70
    42  
    Armenia
    ARM
    71
    42  
    Georgia
    GEO
    72
    39  
    Nigeria
    NIG
    73
    39  
    Serbia
    SER
    74
    38  
    Bolivia
    BOL
    75
    37  
    Belgium
    BEL
    76
    36  
    Croatia
    CRO
    77
    35  
    Norway
    NOR
    78
    34  
    Denmark
    DEN
    79
    33  
    Ethiopia
    ETH
    80
    30  
    El Salvador
    ESL
    81
    28  
    Zimbabwe
    ZIM
    82
    27  
    Finland
    FIN
    83
    27  
    Democratic Republic of the Congo
    DRC
    84
    26  
    Libya
    LIB
    85
    26  
    Dominican Republic
    DOM
    86
    25  
    Turkmenistan
    TKM
    87
    25  
    Zambia
    ZAM
    88
    25  
    Portugal
    POR
    89
    23  
    Albania
    ALB
    90
    22  
    Bulgaria
    BUL
    91
    22  
    Laos
    LAO
    92
    21  
    New Zealand
    NWZ
    93
    21  
    Uganda
    UGA
    94
    20  
    Tajikistan
    TAJ
    95
    20  
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    BOS
    96
    19  
    Chad
    CHD
    97
    19  
    Guatemala
    GUA
    98
    18  
    Nepal
    NEP
    99
    17  
    Cambodia
    CMB
    100
    16  
    Botswana
    BOT
    101
    16  
    Gabon
    GAB
    102
    16  
    Macedonia
    MAC
    103
    16  
    Hungary
    HUN
    104
    16  
    Slovakia
    SLK
    105
    16  
    Slovenia
    SLV
    106
    16  
    Cameroon
    CAM
    107
    16  
    Nicaragua
    NIC
    108
    15  
    Panama
    PAN
    109
    14  
    Cuba
    CUB
    110
    14  
    Ghana
    GHA
    111
    10  
    Paraguay
    PAR
    112
    10  
    Republic of the Congo
    ROC
    113
    10  
    Uruguay
    URU
    114
    9  
    Honduras
    HON
    115
    9  
    South Sudan
    SSU
    116
    8  
    Namibia
    NAM
    117
    7  
    Niger
    NGR
    118
    6  
    Mongolia
    MON
    119
    6  
    Kyrgyzstan
    KYR
    120
    5  
    Sierra Leone
    SIE
    121
    5  
    Lithuania
    LIT
    122
    5  
    Mozambique
    MOZ
    123
    4  
    Latvia
    LAT
    124
    4  
    Estonia
    EST
    125
    4  
    Madagascar
    MAD
    126
    4  
    Ivory Coast
    IVC
    127
    4  
    Mauritania
    MAU
    128
    3  
    Mali
    MAL
    129
    3  
    Suriname
    SUR
    130
    2  
    Tanzania
    TAN
    131
    2  
    Central African Republic
    CAR
    132
    0  
    Somalia
    SOM