Colombia’s COIN experts

Colombian Army Aviation

The Colombian Army Aviation is the most powerful of its type in Latin America, with a huge force of helicopters and a small but growing fixed-wing fleet. Having seen combat since its creation, it’s also extremely experienced, as Santiago Rivas reveals.

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CUH-1N EJC-4231 (c/n 32043) carries a group of Colombian Army soldiers as they head out to perform a patrol mission. BAAV 4’s CUH-1Ns are former Canadian Forces CH-135s.
All photos Santiago Rivas

Colombia waged a counter-insurgency (COIN) campaign against guerrillas for more than 50 years during the longest and bloodiest conflict in Latin America’s recent history. Negotiations with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) began in September 2012 and a final agreement to end the fighting was signed in November 2016.

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