Helicopter Procedures Update
The 2016 edition of this exercise, used to review, modify or improve
tactical procedures for helicopters is held at Beauvechain AB in
This year's programmed exercise did not achieve its objectives, due
to external circumstances. Indeed, the foreign participants that we
could see in 2015, had to decline the invitation at the last minute,
as they were called to operational theaters. It is obvious that the
military operations against the growing terrorism, whose actions are
truly hitting home hard right now, are having the highest priority.
However, in order to carry out the 2016 edition, the scenarios had
been modified to integrate the entire helicopter fleet of the Air
Component in the large exercise "Stormtide 3", which was
held from May 29th until June 3rd.
This time, it was the meteorological conditions that changed
everything. Given the storms, floods and other occurrences that
Belgium had to suffer, the biggest part of the aerial operations had
to be cancelled.
Due to this, the only images of THPU 2016 that could be taken were
made during a special photographer session at Beauvechain AB, and
during the presentation of the different demonstration teams. Please
find some pictures of this rather sunny day, in stark contrast with
the following days.
We would like to thank the authorities of Beauvechain AB for their
reception, and facilities during the shoot.