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Army Firepower To Go On Show

Published: 14 May 2015

The contingent of aircraft from the UK armed forces attending the Royal International Air Tattoo 2015 has been boosted by the addition of several machines from the Army Air Corps.

Spearheading the AAC's contribution will be a new display item for the 2015 season: a pair of Apache AH1 attack helicopters. Previously, this powerful battlefield machine - as used by the AAC during conflicts in Afghanistan and Libya - has shown its potency in solo displays. This year will see a new two-ship routine, flown by pilots from 3 Regiment stationed at Wattisham Airfield in Suffolk. It is expected to be accompanied by dramatic pyrotechnics, as the two Apaches demonstrate some of the tactics used in operational flying. A third Apache will attend the show on static display.

Two other AAC assets are due to appear in the RIAT 2015 static park, both based at Joint Helicopter Command Flying Station Aldergrove in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Defender AL1 fixed-wing surveillance and communications aircraft is used for anti-terrorist operations by 651 Squadron, while the Gazelle AH1 helicopter, now in the twilight of its British military career, performs observation and reconnaissance missions with 665 Squadron. 

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