New film release uses in-service French military helicopters

New film release uses in-service French military helicopters

2-Nov-2011 Source:

The film “Forces spéciales” (Special Forces) is released in France today, and stars Diane Kruger, Djimon Hounsou and Benoît Magimel in the lead roles.  More importantly, it also stars the Eurocopter Tiger attack helicopter.

While the Tiger is no stranger to screen roles, with one of the prototypes having first appeared as such in the James Bond film Goldeneye in 1995, this new release today marks the first time the French military has agreed to operational aircraft being used.  The French Army Aviation (ALAT) allowed Tiger HAP aircraft to be used in the film, which is about a French journalist in Afghanistan being kidnapped by the Taliban.  The Tiger(s) in the film were on training missions with the 4th Special Forces Helicopter Regiment, based at Pau, which was set up to provide air support to the actual French special forces.  Other active French military units involved in the film included the 17th Parachute Engineer Regiment, based at Montauban

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Jeremy Parkin –

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