NATO attack helicopters increase pressure on Qadhafi regime
Attack helicopters under NATO command were used for the first time on 4 Jun 2011 in military operations over Libya as part of Operation Unified Protector.
The targets struck included military vehicles, military equipment and fielded forces.
â€œThis successful engagement demonstrates the unique capabilities brought to bear by attack helicopters,â€ said Lieutenant-General Charles Bouchard, Commander of Operation Unified Protector. â€œWe will continue to use these assets whenever and wherever needed....
The use of attack helicopters provides the NATO operation with additional flexibility to track and engage pro-Qadhafi forces....
NATO forces are constantly reviewing their operations and use of available assets, including attack helicopters, to best maintain the momentum and increase the pressure on pro-Qadhafi forces.
[Source: North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Naples, 04Jun11]
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