According to NATO, the use of attack helicopters offers additional flexibility to locate the Qadhafi’s forces. The British attacked during this Saturday two goals of loyalists to the Libyan leader. The Apaches are designed to pursue and destroy tanks. The French helicopertos attacked a score of ground targets. NATO used this Saturday in Libya, for the first time, attack helicopters against vehicles and military equipment as well as land of the Gaddafi regime forces, reported the organization in a statement. We will continue with the use of these of these assets where and when necessary with the same precision as in all our missions, said the Commander of operation j unified guard, lieutenant general Charles Bouchard. According to NATO, the use of attack helicopters provides additional flexibility to its operations to track and locate the forces proGadafi that deliberately use civilians and try to hide in areas populated.
Participation of France and United Kingdom the British Apaches attacked during the night of Friday to Saturday two objectives of the forces loyal to the regime of Colonel Gadafi near the Libyan city of Brega, as he confirmed the Ministry of Dnsa. Helicopters took off from the warship HMS Ocean, stationed off the Libyan coast, and returned to its base after serving the entrustment. They followed with their missiles a radar and a checkpoint of Qadhafi’s forces and destroyed both goals, according to source British. The operation also involved French helicopters type Gazelle, who intervened in the attack of a score of ground targets, according to the official communique of the greater State of the Gallic army, which stipulates that the action was coordinated with British helicopters. French appliances were supported by ctive of the gala National Navy, the source added. Equipping of the Apache the Apache are specially designed to pursue and destroy battle tanks operating at altitudes lower than using fighter aircraft Tornado and Typhoon, which NATO takes some time in Libya, and are therefore more vulnerable to enemy fire. Each helicopter is armed with Hydra rockets, Hellfire missiles and a cannon of the caliber 30 mm underneath the fuselage, between the front wheels. It also has a team of sensors in the nose for the search and designation of targets as well as night vision. Source of the news: NATO first used attack helicopters in Libya