The British Army’s Apache attack helicopters have made their flying debut inside the Arctic Circle.

A six-week training exercise between the Army Air Corps 656 Squadron, 4 Regiment and the Commando Helicopter Force has been operating in Norway with temperatures dropping to -27C.

The Apaches are part of the Attack Helicopter Force, based at Wattisham, in Suffolk.

Maj Huw Raikes, Officer Commanding 656 Squadron, Army Air Corps, said “It’s been a challenge and a privilege to bring the Apache into the Arctic for the first time.

“We’ve been working at the limits of both human and the aircraft’s performance.”

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