US Army 1-3rd Attack Reconnaissance Battalion (ARB) and Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment have conducted a training flight.

The flight exercise involved 18 AH-64 Apache helicopters and two CH-47 Chinook helicopters, reported USAG Ansbach Public Affairs’ Amy Stork.

The aircraft took off from the Katterbach US Army Airfield and demonstrated their combat capabilities for two hours.

1-3rd ARB performed the training mission under realistic conditions and with the complete battalion.

Also known as Vipers, 1-3rd ARB is an attack battalion stationed in the US European Command area of responsibility on a permanent basis.

US Army 7th Army Training Command commanding general Brigade General Christopher R Norrie said: “Putting 18 Apaches into the air at one time to conduct coordinated movement and training is no small task, it reflects thousands of training hours and planning.

“This is as visible a sign as any of our ability here in US Army Europe to deploy combat credible formations at scale, and our ability to fight tonight in a near-peer environment.

“For the men and women of the Griffin Brigade to be exercising at this level of collective training while also balancing preventing the potential spread of Covid-19 and enforcing distancing whenever possible, it speaks volumes to their readiness and professionalism as an organisation.”

The all-weather AH-64 Apache attack helicopters are deployed on behalf of the ground force commanders for attack and reconnaissance missions.