2018 is the year that the Royal Netherlands Air Force hosted the exercise APROC 2018. Therefore 30 aircraft from 7 different countries involved, settled in at air force base Gilse Rijen, from May 23 to June 6.
APROC stands for Air Centric Personal Recovery Operative Course.
The course is organized, each year, by a different host. In this course, the main target is to rescue personnel that is in distress, in a hostile environment or much as enemy territory.
Different techniques for surviving and evading from possible hostile environments are being used. Participants will face realistic conditions and circumstances.
At the EPRC website, (European Personnel Recovery Center) more information can be found on why, how and what.
The aim of this APROC 2018 course is to teach aircrew and extraction forces to work together. The focus of the course is especially in planning and executing recovery missions and using standardized procedures, terminology, and formats.
The trainees will learn how to plan and conduct complex Personal Recovery missions and therefore the focus will be primarily on processes and procedures.
The trainees will plan several tactical missions with increasing difficulties. As a result, the trainees will experience a steady learning curve. Therefore various threats will be simulated in order to create these required scenarios.
The aircraft involved in the APROC 2018 exercise for this year were:
2x AS555AN, French Air Force 1x NH90-TTH, French Army 1x EA-550A, Italian Air Force 3x F-2000 Typhoon, Italian Air Force 1x HH-101A, Italian Air Force 1x EH-101A, Italian Navy 2x Mi-24V, Polish Army 2x Puma HC2, Royal Air Force 3x Merlin HC4, Royal Navy 4x AH-64D, Royal Netherlands Air Force 1x AS532U, Royal Netherlands Air Force 2x CH-47D/F, Royal Netherlands Air Force 1x Hkp16A (S-70), Swedish Air Force 2x AS332B, Spanish Air Force 2x F-16AM, Royal Netherlands Air Force (Operating from Volkel, NL) 1x E-3F, French Air Force (Operating from Avord, FR) 1x E-3A, NATO (Operating from Geilenkirchen, DE)
The helicopters were operating from Gilze Rijen Airforce Base in The Netherlands. The Italian Air Force was participating with 2x Gulfstream G550, Conformal Airborne Early Warning (CAEW). The Gulfstreams were operating from Gilze Rijen Airforce base as well.
You can take a look at my Portfolio for a small photo selection of this event. Certainly, I’ll add more photo’s soon in an album in due time.