Approximately 300 troops and 14 aircraft participated in this year’s edition of the ‘Salamandre’ combat search and rescue (CSAR) exercise, which took place in France from October 1 to November 18.

HH-60Gs of the 56th RQS circle the landing zone during exercise ‘Salamandre’

AJOINT APPROACH TO the complex combat search and rescue (CSAR) mission needs carefully planned training events in order to ensure cohesion. Helicopters are required to swiftly infiltrate dangerous combat zones carrying extraction teams to rescue friendly forces, while being protected by fast jet top cover. Unmanned platforms often provide intelligence, and all this is choreographed by airborne early warning and control assets operating as the ‘eyes on high’.

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