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UK army aviation hit by new round of cuts

28 September 2017

Key Points

  • The UK's Army Air Corps is to lose four more squadrons under a new round of cuts
  • The corps' fleet of Gazelle AH1 observation helicopters is to be retired early

UK army aviation faces its biggest shake-up in 25 years after it emerged that a new round of defence cost savings will lead to the loss of four more operational squadrons.

British Army chiefs have signed off on the aviation section of the 'Army 2020 Refine' re-organisation project, which includes the disbandment of the Army Air Corps (AAC) regiment based in Northern Ireland and the early retirement of the army’s entire fleet of Westland Gazelle AH1 observation helicopters.

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