British Army Aviation in Action (ePub)
Kosovo to Libya
The British Army is the UK's second largest operator of military aircraft, fielding more than 300 armed helicopters, fixed wing surveillance aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles. Its aviation units have been in the forefront of UK
combat air operations in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan between 1999 and 2010.
HRH Prince Harry was recently awarded his 'wings' to allow him to begin training as an Apache attack helicopter pilot, further raising the profile of British Army aviation.
This book will look at the current units and equipment used by British Army aviation elements of the Army Air Corps (which operates helicopters and fixed wing aircraft) and Royal Artillery (which operates unmanned aerial
vehicles or drones). It will provide a detailed account of British Army aviation operations, drawing on first hand accounts of army personnel and commanders, official records and the author's observations from war zones.
Given that the author is a correspondent for Jane's Defence Weekly, he is in an excellent position to produce a work of this nature, a description of the British Army's air assets and their extremly busy operational activities over the last decade or so. The book is set out very simply and we move through the book chronologically. The illustrations are excellent and it is obvious that the author has very good contacts and knows hos subject well. This is a valuble addition to what is a relatively small body of writing concerning itself with British Army aviation post World War Two. The author has probed deeply into this hitherto rather obscure area of operations and what he has found out is absorbing to read. This is an instructive and very readable account, which can be recommended to anyone keen to learn more about modern warfare.Flying in Ireland, the Ulster Airmail and the Belfast Newsletter