Army Air Corps Apache AH1 attack helicopters have made their flying debut inside the Arctic Circle. The gunships took part in Exercise Clockwork, which took place at Bardufoss in northern Norway.
The aircraft from 656 Squadron, 4 Regiment Army Air Corps (4 Regt AAC) were transported to Norway on board an RAF C-17.
Once in the Arctic, the Apaches worked alongside Wildcat battlefield reconnaissance helicopters of the Commando Helicopter Force (CHF), flying in temperatures as low as -30°C and in white-out flying conditions.
An element of the Attack Helicopter Force, based at Wattisham Flying Station in Suffolk, 4 Regt AAC is part of Joint Helicopter Command, which brings together assets from the Royal Navy, British Army and RAF.
A key role for 4 Regt AAC is to maintain a force of Apaches on standby to provide an aviation strike capability to the Royal Marines of 3 Commando Brigade, the British military’s extreme cold weather warfare specialists.
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