Germany is deploying four NH90 helicopters in the forward air medical evacuation (FAM) role to Afghanistan in April. Sixty-five air crew and medics of Transporthubschrauberregiment (Transport Helicopter Regiment) 10, based in Faßberg on the Lüneburg Heath, have left for Afghanistan, to be followed by their helicopters next month.
Decisive Dragon 2013 photo: German army/Frank Zinn
The NH90s will conduct FAM in Afghanistan beginning in May, operating in pairs, with the second helicopter's board gunner providing protection of the medical evacuation helicopter. It will be the first time the Bundeswehr deploys its new FAM capability.
To prepare for the mission, the regiment conducted exercise Decisive Dragon 2013 in Hesse and Bavaria in February. Bundeswehr TV has produced a video of the exercise.