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Exercise Report: Baccarat 2019

For the first time, the British Army Air Corps joined an exercise in France with both Wildcats and Apaches. Oliver Jonischkeit reports from the northeast of the country.

Wildcat [Oliver Jonischkeit]
AAC hunter-killer team: Wildcat AH1 ZZ407 and Apache AH1 ZJ221. The Wildcat is increasingly supporting the Apache in a reconnaissance role and providing intelligence to commanders on the battlefield. Oliver Jonischkeit

The Armée de Terre’s (French Army’s) 4e Brigade d’Aérocombat (4e BAC, 4th Air Combat Brigade) – headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand in central France – organised the large-scale Baccarat exercise for the third time from September 16-26. In all, more than 2,200 personnel, 60 helicopters and 80 armoured vehicles were involved in an area measuring 186 miles (300km) from west to east and 93 miles (150km) north to south. Several airfields were used, but Étain and Séchault were the main focuses of activity.

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