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ALAT - French Army Light Aviation

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  • Aviation Légère de l'Armée de Terre French Army Light Aviation

ALAT was formed on 22 Nov 1954, following its experience in French-Indochina with helicopters, principally in the combat medical evacuation role.

ALAT regiments subunits :
  EHA - Escadrille d Helicopteres d Attaque
  EHAP - Escadrille d Helicopteres d Appui protection
  EHR - Escadrille d Helicopteres de Reconnaissance
  EHM - Escadrille d Helicopteres de Manouvre
  EHOR - Escadrille d Helicopteres d Observation Radar

In September 2009 the ALAT changed the structure of codes on the helicopters. From code ranges designated for the squadrons toward a fixed code to the helicopter. These 3 digit are the last 3 from the civilian F-M... number.

List of Units

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Rotary Wing Aircraft UnitCreatedDisband
    Détachement ALAT des Opérations Speciales - special operations aviation detachment DAOS1997 2009
    l'Ecole d'Application l'ALAT - Army Aviation School EAALAT1957 --
    l'Ecole Franco Allemande - French German School EFA2003 --
    LÁrmee Francaise de Berlin - DETALAT Berlin 1947 1994
    1 Regiment D'Helicopteres de Combat - 1 combat helicopters regiment 1 RHC1977 --
    2 Regiment D'Helicopteres de Combat - 2 combat helicopters regiment 2 RHC1978 1992
    3 Regiment D'Helicopteres de Combat - 3 combat helicopters regiment 3 RHC1977 --
    4 Regiment d'Helicopteres de Combat et de Manouvre - 4 combat helicopter regiment 4 RHCM1985 1999
    4 Regiment d'Helicopters des Forces Speciales - 4 special forces helicopter regiment 4 RHFS2009 --
    5 Regiment D'Helicopteres de Combat - 5 combat helicopters regiment 5 RHC1977 --
    6 Regiment d'Helicopteres de Combat et de Manouvre - 6 combat helicopter regiment 6 RHCM1977 2007
    7 Regiment D'Helicopteres de Combat - 7 combat helicopters regiment 7 RHC1958 1997
    5 Groupe d'Helicopteres Legers - 5 light helicopters group 5GHL1977 1998
    4 Groupe d'Aviation Legere Divisionnaire - 4 divisional light aviation group GALDIV 41968 1977

Bases and Locations

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Base / HeliportUnits on this Location
   Etain Rouvres3 RHC 1977/   
   Le LucEAALAT 1963/   
EFA 2003/   
   Pau Uzein5 RHC 1977/   
4 RHFS 2009/   
   Phalsbourg / Camp de la Horie1 RHC 1977/   

Model Types

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  NHI NH90 TTH 2012
  EC EC725AP Caracal2010
  EC Tiger / Tigre 2003
  EC AS355 Ecureuil 2181992
  EC AS532UL Cougar291989
  SNIA Gazelle3601973
  SNIA SA330 Puma 1501969
  SNIA Alouette III1960
  Sikorsky S-55 H-1919561971
  SNIA Alouette II23019552000
  SA SO-1221 Djinn1001954??
  Bell 4719521986
  Piasecki H-21

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