Italian air force held the Air Centric Personnel Recovery Operatives Course (APROC), the main training event in Europe in combat search and rescue.
Aeronautica Militare Italiana, June 28, 2017 - Over 600 troops, more than 20 fixed and rotary wing aircraft, 168 sorties for a total of 335 flight hours; These are the numbers of APROC 2017 which concluded on June 28 at Rivolto airport (Udine), home of the 2nd Wing of the Italian Air Force.
The course, the main European training event in the recovery of civilian and military personnel in a hostile or non-permissive environment, began on June 14 and was conducted by the 7 European Personnel Recovery Center (EPRC) members: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Spain. In addition, for this occasion, men and women from Poland plus some observers coming from the United States for a total of 12 countries represented.
The training activity took place in the territory of Friuli Venezia Giulia and Veneto and has developed through increasingly complex scenarios to become adherent to the real conditions in which operators may be in the future.
For this reason, the AMX aircraft of the 51st Group of Istrana, the 6th Wing Tornados and the Eurofighters of the 4th Group of Grosseto were also included in this operation.
Participants included HH-101 and HH-139 (Italian Air Force), SH-101 and SH-90 (Italian Navy), Caracal and Fennec (French Air Force), Mi-24 (Polish Army)