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. Systems on order as of 2013 are not taken into account.
Helicopter strength data through 2012.
Sources: US Library of Congress; CIA.gov/CIA World Factbook; EIA.gov; wikipedia.com; energy.eu; SIPRI.org. Some values estimated based on factors available when official sources are lacking.
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