Air International 2018-08
K.van der Mark - Getting them out /Commercial/
EPRC partner state Poland regularly sends its helicopters to APROC. This year, two Lotnictwo Wojsk Ladowych (Polish Army Aviation) Mi-24V Hind-Es from 56.Baza Lotnicza Inowroclaw took part in the rescue escort role.
Royal Marines engage opposing forces at one of the exercise locations while getting air cover from a Polish Mi-24V Hind.
One of the objectives of APROC is for aircrew to operate in multi-national formations of different types of helicopters. Seen together during one of the three daily missions are the Aeronautique Navale NH90 NFH and the Marina Militare UH-101A.
This Marina Militare UH-101A from Luni-La Spezia-based I9 Grupelicot is seen in the field as it picks up extraction forces with an injured aircrew.
Gilze-Rijen's secondary runway acted as flight line for the foreign helicopters and E-550 CAEW participating in APROC.
While operating from Gilze-Rijen, the Aeronautics Militare F-2000As carried an AAQ-28(V) Litening III targeting pod.
The Aeronautica Militare sent a large contingent with three different aircraft types to Gilze-Rijen, including E-550A CAEW MM62303/14-12 from Pratica di Mare-based 71e Gruppo.
A recovered aircrew, one of them made-up to simulate injuries, is guided to the rescue helicopter, in this case an Ejercito del Aire Super Puma from Cuatro Vientos-based Escuadron 803.
Six areas of heathland in the Netherlands and three airfields in Belgium were used as training locations during APROC.
Italian extraction force personnel carry a Dutchman acting as a wounded aircrew member to a French NH90.
An Ejercito del Aire Super Puma, armed with an M3M 0.50 machine gun approaches a landing zone at Ederheide to drop off British extraction force personnel.