Members of 662 Squadron, Army Air Corps have been visiting Scotland this week as part of Ex OLETHRION GREY in order to gain some valuable experience in flying their Apache helicopters in mountainous terrain.
Three helicopters from the Wattisham based unit flew up on Tuesday afternoon and joined their ground crew at their temporary base at Leuchars station.
They then spent Wednesday and Thursday flying through Fife and the Highlands, passing over many of Scotland’s famous landmarks.
“Designed to hunt and destroy tanks, the Apache attack helicopter has significantly improved the Army’s operational capability. The Apache attack helicopter can operate in all weathers, day or night and detect, classify and prioritise up to 256 potential targets in a matter of seconds. It carries a mix of weapons including rockets, Hellfire missiles and a 30mm chain gun, as well as a state of the art fully integrated defensive aid suite. In addition to the distinctive Longbow radar located above the rotor blades, this aircraft is equipped with a day TV system, thermal imaging sight and direct view optics.”
662 Squadron is part of 3 Regiment, Army Air Corps. The Regiment’s core role to provide an aviation deep manoeuvre battlegroup made up of attack, reconnaissance and transport helicopters – to 3rd (UK) Division, the British Army’s high readiness warfighting division.