Right now: Hot Blade 2013 in Portugal

FAP Agusta Westland EH-101 Merlin 15904 (Image © Força Aérea Portuguesa)
FAP Agusta Westland EH-101 Merlin 15904 (Image © Força Aérea Portuguesa)

If you like choppers, Portugal is the place to be these days as the Portuguese Air Force (Força Aérea Portuguesa; FAP) hosts the multinational helicopter exercise Hote Blade 13 at Ovar Airbase near the city of Porto.

Hot Blade 13 will see the involvement of 38 aircraft, including two Agusta Westland EH-101 Merlin helicopters from the FAP itself and possibly even a few of the FAP’s F-16 fighter aircraft.

The Royal Netherlands Air Force contributes an Eurocopter AS 532U2 Mk II Cougar and as much as up to five Boeing CH-47D/F Chinooks.

The Austrian Air Force sent three Agusta Bell AB 212s and three Bell OH-58 Kiowas. Four Belgian Air Component Agusta A109BAs has joined the exercise, as well as up to eight German Army UH-1D ‘Hueys’.

Hot Blade 13 started on July 17th and will last till July 31st.

Source: Força Aérea Portuguesa, NL Ministerie van Defensie