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Army August 16, 2012
Tigers hunt at night
TIGERS are now fully certi-
fied for night operations
after stalking dark skies
over Shoalwater Bay dur-
ing Exercise Predator's Strike in
Flying night missions in sup-
Armed reconnaissance helicopters are
one step closer to operational readiness
after achieving night certification,
Flg-Off Michael Moroney reports.
port of ground
troops is a new
the Tiger heli-
copters from the
Avn Regt and is
one of the final
hurdles to opera-
for the armed
The milestone was marred by a
faulty power supply module which
forced the precautionary grounding
of the Tiger fleet when fumes were
detected in the cockpit of an aircraft
shortly before Exercise Hamel. The
fleet was cleared to return to the air
on August 3.
The regiment's youngest pilot
on Ex Predator's Strike, Lt James
Flawith, said the exercise was "the
best training the crews can get".
"All of the resources and facili-
ties are provided to enable us to do
our shooting and also conduct our
missions with excellent intelligence
pictures and real-time scenarios," he
also gave the
Tigers an oppor-
tunity to integrate
with other air
assets, such as 5
Avn Regt's Black
Hawks and the
of 1 Bde, as part
of the exercise
Regt Lt-Col Guy Moten said the
night mission training prepared the
Tiger crews for future training activi-
ties and ultimately potential opera-
tional deployments, which would
require the helicopters to operate
predominantly at night.
He said the Tiger's night vision
and thermal vision capability would
inhibit an enemy's ability to move
around at night undetected.
is the best
training the crews
-- Lt James Flawith, 1 Avn Regt
Night stalkers: A 1 Avn Regt Tiger prepares to take off on its first night mission in a combined exercise
environment at Shoalwater Bay.
Photo by LS Andrew Dakin
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