As announced in this feature article at Airheadsfly.com, Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) helicopter pilots got to press certain buttons for real last week in Germany. As part of the Helicopter Weapons Instructor Course (HWIC), they were involved in a live firing exercise.
Four AH-64D Apache pilots, three CH-47D Chinook and one AS532 Cougar pilot took part in the exercise, as well as two Chinook loadmasters. During HWIC, the crews are trained to become instructors in tactical operations themselves. HWIC is a joint exercise with army forces.
The live firing exercise in Germany will run for one more week. HWIC comes at a time when Dutch helicopter forces are also busy abroad. Apache and Chinooks are currently operating in Mali as part of a United Nations mission over there.
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