A New Era

How is the UK’s Joint Helicopter Command adapting to contingent operations? Ian Harding spoke with its Commander to find out

MILITARY

Commando Helicopter Force Merlin HC3s will all be upgraded to HC4 standard under the Merlin Life Sustainment Programme, the first of which is expected to be delivered by the end of 2017.
All photos Ian Harding

More than two years after the completion of Operation Herrick in Afghanistan, Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) and its subordinate rotary and fixedwing units are as busy as ever training hard for future conflict.

During the years of the campaign in Afghanistan, JHC knew who its main opponents were, understood the broad profile of its missions and could plan logistics and training requirements with some certainty. The situation has changed markedly and militaries around the world are now operating within an operational climate which requires a different approach and mindset. JHC and its subordinate units are therefore preparing for future operations in a much broader range of environments working alongside allies.

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