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4th Special Forces Helicopter Regiment

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4th Special Forces Helicopter Regiment

The 4th Special Forces Helicopter Regiment (French: 4e Régiment d'Hélicoptères des Forces Spéciales) (4e RHFS) is a special operations unit of the French Army Light Aviation. It is part of the Army Special Forces Brigade which is under the control of the special operations command. It is based in Pau.

The 4e RHFS provides air support to French special forces. It was created in 1997. Its mission is to transport and support French special forces anywhere in the world.


The regiment is divided into Special Forces Flights (Escadrilles des Operations Speciales):

  • EOS 1 - Puma and Cougar
  • EOS 2 - Gazelle
  • EOS 3 - Caracals
  • EOS 4/GIH - Pumas
  • EOS 6 - Tigre
  • EOS 7 - Support Flight
  • EOS 8 - Helicopter Maintenance Flight
  • The regiment employs the following helicopters in 2016 :

  • 10 Eurcopter AS532 UL/AL Cougar,
  • 12 Aérospatiale Gazelle,
  • 7 Eurocopter AS332 Super Puma and Aérospatiale SA 330 Puma,
  • 6 Eurocopter Tigre HAD.
  •  ? Eurocopter EC725 Caracal
  • References

    4th Special Forces Helicopter Regiment Wikipedia

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