Malaysian Army Aviation

Malaysian Army Aviation
Active 1 July 1994 – present
Country  Malaysia
Branch Malaysian Army
Type Army aviation
Size 1 squadron
Part of Malaysian Armed Forces
Motto(s) Gagah Di Angkasa

The Malaysian Army Aviation (Malay: Pasukan Udara Tentera Darat; PUTD) is the Army Aviation branch of the Malaysian Army. Currently equipped with helicopters in both the liaison and light observation roles, the Malaysian Army plans to equip PUTD with attack helicopters in support of Malaysian Army units.


The PUTD was formed on 1 July 1994 at the Royal Malaysian Air Force helicopter base in Kluang, Johor. The Army Aviation Project Team was formed to oversee the planning and implementation into the formation of an Army Aviation Wing for the Malaysian Army. At the beginning six RMAF Officers and six Army Officers were attached to this Pioneer Team to establish PUTD. They are two pilots is Colonel Stephen Ngiau Tai Kong RMAF (Director of the Project Team), Lieutenant Colonel Hj Ibrahim Bin Hj Hashim RMAF, three air force engineering officers named Major Mohd Asri Bin Hamzah RMAF, Major Norazman Bin Saparon RMAF dan Captain Izaidi Bin Musa RMAF and one air force logistics officer is Major Sarudin Bin Chonil RMAF. Where as another six army officers headed by Lieutenant Colonel Masood Bin Zainal Abidin from RAMD (retired as Deputy Chief of Army with Lieutenant General rank) as Deputy Director, Major Azmi Bin Ariffin from Royal Armoured Corps, Major Idris Bin Mohamad from REMEC, Captain Nazri from KP, Captain Othman Bin Badron from REMEC and Captain Adnan Bin Mat Din from Rejimen Askar Jurutera DiRaja. A combination of expertise from various specialisation that made PUTD where it is today. Malaysia is very proud of them. They are twelve dedicated Officers of Malaysian Armed Forces that become "PIONEER" in this new establishment. New Era of Malaysian Armed Forces with multi tasking especially for the Malaysian Army.

PUTD was started flying operations on 11 March 1995, and 881 Squadron as declared operational, with an initial complement of 10 SA316B Alouette III liaison helicopters that were transferred from RMAF. The Kluang Air base was handed over to PUTD in January 1996. 881 Squadron was declared fully operational on 29 March 1997.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Role of PUTD includes the following :


Malaysian A109LUH

The Malaysian Army has identified the requirement of an attack helicopter[1] for the PUTD. Several makes have been considered and evaluated, including the Denel Rooivalk, Boeing AH-64 Apache Longbow, Agusta A129 Mangusta and the Eurocopter Tigre. Quantity and variety to purchased unknown.

PUTD has 10 A109 Hirundos in inventory for LOH duties. Can be armed with 20 mm gun and/or rockets for area suppression missions.

This remains a responsibility of the Tentera Udara DiRaja Malaysia, though it is a logical progression that PUTD will be equipped with light and medium utility helicopters in the future.


At the moment Pasukan Udara Tentera Darat has one operational squadron (No. 881 Squadron), though more units are planned.

No. 881 Squadron was formed in 1995 with 10 SA.316 Alouette III liaison helicopters transferred from the Royal Malaysian Air Force along with a group of pilots. The unit is commanded by a Leftenan Kolonel.
In 2006, the squadron was strengthened with the delivery of 11 A109 Hirundo Light Observation Helicopters (LOH). 5 of the A109s were delivered in December 2005[2] with the balance of the delivery made during 2006. Pasukan Udara Tentera Darat becomes the first operator of the A109 LOH in Asia.[3] These helicopters replace the retired SA 316 Alouette III.
The helicopters will be armed with 70-mm. rockets, AIM Twin Missile Pack and 20-mm autocannons.[4]




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