Iraq: 2000 flight hours for Griffon

(To Army Majority State)

In recent days the "Griffon" Aircraft Task Group, a helicopter unit of the Italian Army engaged since the spring of 2016 in the Operation Inherent Resolve, achieved a milestone of absolute depth, reaching the threshold of 2000 flight hours with UH90 helicopters in Iraqi theater of operations. This significant milestone, achieved only three years after the start of the operation, took place on the occasion of an Air Mobility mission conducted, in the Iraqi skies, in joint training with two US assets, Chinook and Black Hawk of the Task Force "Gunfighter" . In particular, the UH90 of the "Griffon" Task Group have secured the transport of personnel and materials to the Coalition bases located in Q-West and Kirkuk.

The UH-90 multi-role helicopter, supplied to the AVES departments (Army Aviation), born of operational needs commonly expressed within NATO / European Union, was conceived, developed and built to be able to operate in different operational contexts, responding to all the specific requirements for tactical transport helicopters, ensuring high efficiency with reduced maintenance effort.

The day and night capability to take off and land operation, even in adverse weather conditions, with tactical flight profile and hostile environment, is made possible through the integration of advanced technology systems with a sophisticated self-protection system against threats earth- air and air-air.

The Italian Army is increasingly in step with the technological advances applied to its operating sectors, combining the training of professional and highly trained soldiers with the use of latest-generation tools and operational means.

This result represents the achievement of a further goal made possible also thanks to the constant synergy and professionalism expressed by the technical-maintenance staff that determines the full operational efficiency of the assets in a climate-friendly Operating Theater.

The staff of the Air Task Group Griffon, currently based on 7 ° regiment AV.ES. "Vega" in Rimini, celebrates this milestone, the result commitment and sacrifice of all the men and women in blue beret Army confirming its commitment to support the anti Daesh coalition as part of Operation "Inherent Resolve ".