In Pictures: what a multinational MEDEVAC mission involving 11 helicopters looks like

Here’s a look at the Medical Evacuation mission conducted during Italian Blade 2015.

A complex MEDEVAC involving 11 helicopters from 6 different nations was among the highlights of Italian Blade 2015, the largest military rotary-wing exercise held this year in Europe at Viterbo airfield, about 80 km north of Rome, Italy.

On Jun. 29, 1x Italian Army NH-90, 1x Italian Navy EH-101, 1x German Air Force CH-53 and 2x German Army UH-1Ds, 2x Austrian AB-212s, 1x Hungarian Mi-17, a Slonenian Cougar and 2x Czech Air Force Mi-24s simulated the medical evacuation of wounded soldiers from a site located near Tarquinia, in a simulated contested battlefield.

Our photographer Alessandro Fucito took all the images of the operation that you can find in this post.

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A Luftwaffe CH-53G approaching the landing zone.
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A NH.90TTH of the 26º Gruppo AvEs (Aviazione Esercito) with side mounted machine guns lands during the MEDEVAC mission.
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Soldiers getting out of the Hungarian Mi-17 to secure the area.
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AB.212 and UH-1Ds approaching the landing zone
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Snipers aboard the Slovenian Cougar check for any hidden threat
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One of the Austrian Agusta-Bell 212 helicopters from Linz-Hörsching
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One of the two Czech Mi-24 gunships providing cover to the entire operation
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German soldiers provide cover to a landing NH-90
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The Italian Navy AW.101 ASH from Sarzana-Luni airport was the only naval helicopter to take part in the exercise


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The wounded soldiers are aboard: the armada can egress the area at low altitude

 Image credit: The Aviationist’s Alessandro Fucito


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David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.