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Spain deploys Tiger attack helicopters to Afghanistan

16th April 2013 - 10:14 GMT | by Pieter Bastiaans in Breda

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Despite ISAF operations winding down, Spain has sent three Eurocopter Tiger HAP attack helicopters to Afghanistan in an effort to bolster its helicopter forces which have been present in Regional Command-West since late 2004.

The aircraft arrived at Herat on 28 March on board a chartered Antonov An-124 cargo plane. Two rotations of four months each are currently planned, both of which will be manned by 32 staff, maintenance and aircrew personnel from the 1st Attack Helicopter Battalion, which is based at Almagro in peacetime.

The deployment has been preceded by an intense pre-deployment training programme during which Tiger’s gunnery

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Pieter Bastiaans

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A resident from Breda, the Netherlands, Pieter Bastiaans is an independent defence correspondent and photographer …

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