June 27, 2017
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Helicopter requirement and land warfare

Helicopters are seen as a vehicle of choice where infrastructure is poor.

The vertical takeoff and landing capability overcomes the absence of lengthy airstrips where fixed wing aircraft rule the roost.

Hitherto military requirements have been the propelling factor for the introduction of the helicopter as the primary means of firstly communications and inter-sector transportation and, increasingly as a weapons platform to take firepower where roads are difficult or non-existing or on the high seas in the anti-submarine role.

However, more and more, the helicopter is being seen as an appropriate solution to corporate and commercial requirements. And that promises a big boom in helicopter production and deployment in the years to come.     
 
Before assessing the numbers and types of helicopters of both the military and the civil avia
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