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Military Scout Helicopters

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 3/5/2014

The light scout helicopter evolved the world of intelligence gathering by providing a loitering capability that fixed-wing aircraft lacked.

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There are a total of 34 Military Scout Helicopters in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1975
Aerospatiale / Eurocopter AS350 Ecureuil / Astar
The AS350 was originally designed to replace the aging Sud Aviation / Aerospatiale Alouette II light utility helicopter serie...
Thumbnail picture of the Aerospatiale / Eurocopter AS350 Ecureuil / Astar

2002
Aerospatiale / Eurocopter HH-65 Dolphin
The HH-65 Dolphin replaced the Sikorsky HH-52A Sea Guards then in service with the United States Coast Guard (USCG). The HH-6...
Thumbnail picture of the Aerospatiale / Eurocopter HH-65 Dolphin

1957
Aerospatiale Alouette II
The Alouette II helicopter series is billed as a multi-role, light rotary-wing platform charged with a myriad of duties in bo...
Thumbnail picture of the Aerospatiale Alouette II

1971
Aerospatiale Gazelle
A popular light reconnaissance and attack helicopter for export order, the Aerospatiale Gazelle systems are a common site all...
Thumbnail picture of the Aerospatiale Gazelle

2015
AVICopter AC311
With China's massive industrial growth in recent decades, its defense industry has flourished with a range of ongoing project...
Thumbnail picture of the AVICopter AC311

2006
Bell ARH-70 (Arapaho)
The Bell ARH-70 helicopter was developed for the US Army as a possible direct replacement to the successful but aged Kiowa Wa...
Thumbnail picture of the Bell ARH-70 (Arapaho)

1995
Bell CH-146 Griffon
When Canadian Armed Forces adopted a new "do-everything" utility-minded helicopter platform in 1995, it selected the Bell 412...
Thumbnail picture of the Bell CH-146 Griffon

1947
Bell H-13 Sioux
The "helicopter" saw development during World War 2 (1939-1945) and some were in fact used by the Germans in the latter phase...
Thumbnail picture of the Bell H-13 Sioux

1967
Bell Model 206 JetRanger
The Bell 206 was derived from the unsuccessful OH-4 bid by the Bell company to fulfill a US Army need for a light-weight, tur...
Thumbnail picture of the Bell Model 206 JetRanger

1969
Bell OH-58 Kiowa
The Bell OH-58 Kiowa has seen a long, successful and extended service life with the US Army (and others) since its inception ...
Thumbnail picture of the Bell OH-58 Kiowa

1980
Boeing / Hughes AH-6 / MH-6 Little Bird
The AH-6/MH-6 "Little Bird" forms an oft-overlook yet wholly vital part of American Special Operations services. This highly ...
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2004
Boeing / Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche
At one point, the Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche was set to become the future of U.S. Army rotary-wing aviation. It was a stealth-b...
Thumbnail picture of the Boeing / Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche

1985
Eurocopter / Aerospatiale Panther
The Eurocopter AS565 "Panther" is nothing more than a medium class, multi-role, twin-engined militarized form of the original...
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1970
Eurocopter BO105
The Bo 105 is a light utility helicopter system recognized around the globe for its versatility, performance and safety recor...
Thumbnail picture of the Eurocopter BO105

1939
Flettner Fl 265
The Flettner Fl 265 served as an experimental helicopter system for the German Kriegsmarine during World War 2. In many ways,...
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1942
Flettner Fl 282 Kolibri (Hummingbird)
The helicopter, as a viable war weapon, was not the sole historical domain of the Vietnam War - nor the Korean War before it ...
Thumbnail picture of the Flettner Fl 282 Kolibri (Hummingbird)

2002
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1994
Harbin Z-9 (Haitun)
Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation of China began local-license production of the French Aerospatiale AS365 Dauphin in...
Thumbnail picture of the Harbin Z-9 (Haitun)

2012
HESA Shahed 285 / AH-85 (Witness)
The Iranian Shahed 285 light helicopter is a highly modified version of the American Bell 206 Ranger series of helicopters (k...
Thumbnail picture of the HESA Shahed 285 / AH-85 (Witness)

1948
Hiller OH-23 Raven (Model UH-12)
Hiller Aircraft began during World War 2 in 1942 under the operating name of Hiller Industries. The company carried the surna...
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1971
Thumbnail picture of the IAR 316

1958
Kaman HH-43 Huskie
Charles Kaman (1919 - 2011), an aeronautical engineering student, served as an employee to another fabled helicopter develope...
Thumbnail picture of the Kaman HH-43 Huskie

1994
Kaman K-MAX (K-1200)
The Kaman K-MAX is a general purpose, multi-role, all-weather platform certified for long endurance, repeated external medium...
Thumbnail picture of the Kaman K-MAX (K-1200)

2016
Kamov Ka-175
Slower to the UAV game that Western world powers, the Russians are steadily gaining ground in an effort to match potential en...
Thumbnail picture of the Kamov Ka-175

2004
Kamov Ka-60 (Orca) / (Killer Whale)
The Kamov Ka-60 series of medium transport multi-role helicopters is intended to replace the aged Mil Mi-8 series. The Ka-60 ...
Thumbnail picture of the Kamov Ka-60 (Orca) / (Killer Whale)

2000
Kawasaki OH-1 Ninja
For decades the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) has made use of the American Hughes OH-6 "Cayuse" light observatio...
Thumbnail picture of the Kawasaki OH-1 Ninja

2015
Marenco SwissHelicopter SKYe SH09
The SKYe SH09 is an in-development, low-cost, light utility helicopter venture originating out of Swiss-based Marenco SwissHe...
Thumbnail picture of the Marenco SwissHelicopter SKYe SH09

1967
Mil Mi-8 (Hip)
Numbering well over 12,000 production examples, the Mil Mi-8 (NATO reporting name of "Hip") can be viewed as one of the most ...
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2013
Saab Skeldar
The Saab Skeldar is an unarmed rotary-wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). It is a relatively new development in the UAV field...
Thumbnail picture of the Saab Skeldar

2015
Thumbnail picture of the Sharp Eye III

2015
Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone
After a review of Canadian military requirements that began in the 1980s, the conservative party went on to select the Agusta...
Thumbnail picture of the Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone

1967
Sikorsky HH-3E Jolly Green Giant
The HH-3E "Jolly Green Giant" was a specialized development of the original Sikorsky CH-3 transport helicopter. The HH-3E was...
Thumbnail picture of the Sikorsky HH-3E Jolly Green Giant

1990
Sikorsky HH-60 / MH-60T Jayhawk
The US Coast Guard's HH-60 "Jayhawk" is based on the hugely successful Sikorsky Aircraft "S-70" rotary-wing model series that...
Thumbnail picture of the Sikorsky HH-60 / MH-60T Jayhawk

2020
Sikorsky S-97 Raider
While helicopters have evolved since their mainstream inception in the 1950s, the "rotorcraft" has remained largely conventio...
Thumbnail picture of the Sikorsky S-97 Raider