The British military has deployed attack and battlefield reconnaissance helicopters in Estonia in the framework of NATO efforts to ‘deter adversaries’.
“3 Regiment Army Air Corps is deploying to the Baltics for three months, with Apache attack helicopters of 663 Squadron that took off from their base at Wattisham Flying Station in Suffolk on 15 Apr 19. The Apaches will be working in tandem with the Army’s Wildcat battlefield reconnaissance helicopters to provide valuable training opportunities to NATO allies on Estonia’s annual Exercise Spring Storm and to the UK-led battlegroup deployed on NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP),” the British military said in a statement.
“The helicopter deployment will boost the UK’s presence in the Baltics, known as Operation Cabrit, to around 1,000 personnel, making the UK the largest contributor to eFP. The Wildcat’s surveillance ability combined with the Apache’s sensors and weaponry will be a step change in troops’ capabilities to detect, track and engage targets during the exercises they participate in.”
The 2019 Spring Storm exercise will be held in Estonia’s Virumaa region, involving some 10,000 Estonian and foreign military personnel. This would make the 2019 drill bigger than it was n 2018, when only some 9,000 troops participated.