Arctic Debut For AH-64D Apache

Posted on January 30, 2019

It comes at a time of heightening tensions, with Russia being accused by Britain of militarising the region.  Now, 4 Regiment Army Air Corps (4 Regt AAC) has deployed three Apaches to Norway to hone aviation strike capability for the Royal Marines. The extreme weather training is part of Exercise Clockwork at Bardufoss in Norway, where temperatures can fall to -30°c.

The Army Air Corps Apaches of 656 Squadron support the Royal Marines of 3 Commando Brigade, who are the UK military’s extreme cold weather warfare specialists. Major Tim Pittaway from 656 Squadron 4 Regt AAC said the training as part of Exercise Clockwork will include night and day landings, as part of the unit’s environmental training in Norway: “The Army Air Corp’s operated out here for a long time – but we’re looking to develop a basic day and night capability,” he says.

During the training, the Apaches have also been joined by Wildcat battlefield reconnaissance helicopters from the Commando Helicopter Force. The two helicopters worked together on an exercise in the UK last November, called Talon Python.

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