Helicopter Exercise Programme (HEP) will move to Gilze-Rijen in 2020

The next EDA helicopter exercise, ‘Swift Blade 2020’, will take place in April 2020 and will be jointly hosted by The Netherlands and Belgium, with Gilze-Rijen Air Base as the main location.

The above statemnet was confirmed on the eda.europa.eu website. The Helicopter Exercise Programme (HEP) was held in 2019 at the Checz Republic called Dark Blade. The host unit was the 22nd Helicopter Air Base at Náměšť nad Oslavou.

Gilze-Rijen Air Base is part of the Defence Helicopter Command and hosts three squadrons, equiped with AH-64D Apache, Eurocopter AS 532U2 Cougar Mk2, and CH-47D/F Chinook.

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