Apache helicopter ground crews have been preparing for their latest deployment to Estonia, say the British Army.
According to a news release:
“Part of Aviation Task Force 1 (ATF1) deployed to Pippingford Park in Kent to refresh their Forward Air Refuelling Point drills ahead of Exercise Spring Storm in Estonia. ATF1 is made up of 661 and 664 Squadron, 1 Regiment Army Air Corps with each having pilots, ground support, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, and signallers.
The Aviation Task Force has a reconnaissance and an attack element and is part of the Army’s Global Response Force. The Force was created as part of Future Soldier, the Army’s transformation plan. It will be ready to respond rapidly to any threat, anywhere in the world, including to deliver humanitarian support.”
The British Army add that the Task Force will support the Apache Helicopter Gunships, ensuring they are refuelled and rearmed ready to take on the enemy. The Wildcat helicopter is also part of the Task Force, and will be used together with the Apache to provide reconnaissance and attack elements.
A Forward Arming Refuelling Point, or FARP, can be set-up close to an enemy position or border, to ensure the greatest range and capability of the Apache. During training, troops practiced setting up defensive positions around the aircraft to protect it from possible enemy damage.
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