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France replaces Caracal lost in crash in 2014

17 June 2019
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The DGA ordered an H225M Caracal helicopter on 5 June to replace one from the French Air Force's 4e Régiment d'Hélicoptères des Forces Spéciales (Special Forces Helicopter Regiment) that crashed during a night tactical training flight in Burkina-Faso in November 2014. (Airbus)The DGA ordered an H225M Caracal helicopter on 5 June to replace one from the French Air Force's 4e Régiment d'Hélicoptères des Forces Spéciales (Special Forces Helicopter Regiment) that crashed during a night tactical training flight in Burkina-Faso in November 2014. (Airbus)

The Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, ordered an H225M Caracal helicopter to replace one lost in Burkina-Faso in November 2014, the agency and Airbus announced on 14 June.

The decision to replace a Caracal of the 4e Régiment d'Hélicoptères des Forces Spéciales (Special Forces Helicopter Regiment) was made shortly after the crash of one during a night tactical training flight, damaging it beyond repair, but the funding was only confirmed at the end of 2018, the DGA explained. The contract was awarded on 5 June.

The agency said a co-operative effort between it, the armed forces staff, and industry allowed the technical specifications to be agreed within weeks so that the helicopter would have the same configuration as five new Caracals delivered in 2011-13.

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