- Brazilian Army Aviation Command
Infobox Military Unit
unit_name=Brazilian Army Aviation Command"Comando de Aviação do Exército"
caption=Army Aviation Patch
dates= September 03, 1986 — current
role= Tactical Air Transport, Reconnaissance, Attack
nickname=Brigada Ricardo Kirk
Brigade GeneralEduardo Cunha da Cunha
aircraft_trainer=HB 350 L1
aircraft_transport=AS 365 K , AS 365 K , AS 532 UE
The Brazilian Army Aviation Command (Portuguese: "Comando de Aviação do Exército") is a component of the
Brazilian Armycontaining the army's helicopter units.
The task of the Brazilian Army Aviation Command is to provide organic airmobility and support the ground forces by providing tactical air support, close air support and reconnaissance.
The origin of the Brazilian
Army Aviationlies in the War of the Triple Alliance, with on the one side Brazil, Argentinaand Uruguay(the Triple Alliance) and on the other Paraguay, when the commander-in-chiefof the Brazilian forces, Duke of Caxias, deployed observation balloonsin the field to observe the enemy troops.
One of the first army aviators was
Ricardo Kirkduring the Contestado War1912-1916, using monoplanes to support ground forces. These missions were predominantly flown for reconnaissance purposes.
In 1941, upon the creation of the Aeronautics Ministry and of the
Brazilian Air Force(FAB), Military Aviation, which was the name of the army branch that operated the aircraft, ended its operations as all flying tasks brought under the aegis of the Brazilian Air Force.
In 1986, however, it was re-established under the name of Army Aviation to operate helicopters in support of the Brazilian Army.
* Army Aviation Command based at
TaubatéSP which functions as operational command
*Army Aviation Directorate based
Brasiliawhich is respnsible for the logistics
Brazilian Army Aviation has six units at its disposal:
*1st Army Aviation Battalion ("1º Batalhão de Aviação do Exército" ("1º BAvEx")) based at Taubaté
*2nd Army Aviation Battalion ("2º Batalhão de Aviação do Exército" ("2º BAvEx")) based at Taubaté
*3rd Army Aviation Battalion ("3º Batalhão de Aviação do Exército" ("3º BAvEx")) based at Taubaté
*4th Army Aviation Battalion ("4º Batalhão de Aviação do Exército" ("4º BAvEx")) based at
*Army Aviation Maintenance and Supply Battalion ("Batalhão de Manutenção e Suprimento de Aviação do Exército") based at Taubaté
*Army Aviation Instruction Centre ("Centro de Instrução de Aviação do Exército e a Base de Aviação") based at Taubaté
Army Aviation Command also operates and maintains the infrastructures of the Taubaté Military Airfield, thus guaranteeing the aeronautic activity of the units.The 4th Army Aviation Battalion, based in Manaus, uses the aeronautic infrastructure provided by the Brazilian Air Force Manaus Air Base.
Brazilian Army Aviatin Command has the following 84 aircraft at its disposal:
* [http://www.4esqdavex.eb.mil.br/ 4th Army Aviation Battalion page in Portuguese]
* [http://www.cavex.eb.mil.br/ Army Aviation Command page in Portuguese]
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