Aiming higher

Operating under the motto ‘Semper ad alta’ – ‘Always higher’ – the French Army’s 3rd Combat Helicopter Regiment has its home in the far northeast of France. But as Oliver Jonischkeit discovers, half its crews are normally deployed on missions around the globe.

ALAT 3rd Combat Helicopter Regiment

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A Puma crew consists of four personnel: fl ight chief, pilot, fl ight engineer and loadmaster.
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The two helicopter types of the 3e RHC are both now ‘long in the tooth’ but continue to provide good service for French operations overseas. The regiment is due to replace its Puma and Gazelle fl eets around 2025 and 2030 respectively. All photos Oliver Jonischkeit unless stated
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James Lawrence

Established in August 1977, the 3e Régiment d’Hélicoptères de Combat (3e RHC, 3rd Combat Helicopter Regiment) of the Aviation Légère de l’Armée de Terre (ALAT, French Army Aviation) today flies SA330B Puma and SA342M1/Ma Gazelle helicopters from Étain-Rouvres air base.

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