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Army Aviation: A Separate Branch

After the Vietnam War, helicopter development continued, with the UH-60 Black Hawk replacing the Huey, and the Boeing AH-64 Apache replacing the Cobra.

The Black Hawk utilizes several redundant systems to help with survivability.


Footage of the AH-64 in action.

In April 1983, Army Aviation officially became its own Branch in the Army, and this branch performed exceptionally in Operation Desert Storm and the post 9/11 War on Terror.

The next generation of Army Aviation aircraft are being developed now. Venerable aircraft like the Blackhawk and Apache will be replaced by new exciting aircraft currently labeled “Future Vertical Lift” and “Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft” during the competition phase, which will enhance Army Aviation’s war fight capability. The next generation of dedicated Army Aviation personnel are in the pipeline to take their place in the proud tradition that is Army Aviation. Who they are reflects those dedicated men and women who came before, and who established a tradition of excellence that continues today.

Today, the Army Aviation Branch's arsenal includes UAVs, such as this Gray Eagle drone.

The mission of Army Aviation is to find, fix, and destroy the enemy through fire and maneuver, as an integral member of the combined arms team. On the modern battlefield, Army Aviation is capable of the full spectrum of combined arms team operations and that of “Joint” operations with other services. The Army Aviation motto is “Above the Best.” To truly be “Above the Best” ground force in the world, Army Aviation will continue.

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