French combat helicopters Tigre and Gazelle were engaged for the combat operations in Libya 0406112
Defense News - France
Saturday, June 4, 2011, 12:05 AM
French combat helicopters Tigre and Gazelle were engaged for the combat operations in Libya.
In the night from June 3rd to 4th 2011, helicopters of the light aviation of the French Army (ALAT), deployed on the navy ship (BPC) Tonnerre, carried out its first combat mission in Libya.
Tigre and Gazelle combat helicopters of the French Army were used for the operations in Libya from the French Navy ship Tonnerre.
Within the framework of the NATO operation Unified Protector and coordinated action with British helicopters, French air mobile group, supported by navy ships of the French Navy, treated twenty military targets on the ground In the night from June 3rd to 4th 2011.
The engagement of combat helicopters is complementary to air and naval means already engaged by the coalition forces. They make it possible to increase the pressure on Kaddafi forces who threaten the civil population.
The French Navy ship Tonnerre it started from Toulon (France) on May 17th. Tigre and Gazelle attack helicopters were embarked for carried out operations in Libya. Since yesterday evening, they were engaged in the Unified Protector operations in Libya.