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Tigres arrive in Afghanistan

28th July 2009 - 20:00 GMT | by Tony Osborne in London

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Three French Army Eurocopter Tigre HAPs have arrived in Afghanistan marking the beginning of the first combat deployment of the European-built attack helicopter.

The Tigres from the 5e RHC at Pau arrived in Kabul on July 26 courtesy of an Antonov An-124 transport which flew the helicopters from Tarbes. They will be used on armed reconaissance, support and escort missions.

The Tigres will join three EC725 Caracals and three Gazelle 'Viviane' helicopters which are already deployed in support of coalition operations in RCC Capital (Kabul).

The decision to send the helicopter to an operational theatre was announced on June 5

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

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