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French Army Gazelles leave Afghanistan

17th October 2012 - 12:53 GMT | by Tony Osborne in London

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French Army Gazelle helicopters have left Afghanistan as part of the drawdown of French combat units in the country.

The four helicopters operated as part of the French Helicopter Battalion (BATHELICO) out of Kabul International Airport from where they supported troops working in the Kapisa Province and Surobi District.

The Gazelles were flown out of Kabul onboard an An-124 transport aircraft on 7 October back to Istres AB in Southern France ending five years of Gazelle operations in Afghanistan.

During the deployment, the Gazelles conducted 7,000 flight hours during 5,000 missions and fired some 60 HOT guided missiles in support

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Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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