Aerospatiale SA-342M Gazelle (GBE) from the French Army (Armée de Terre) Air Corps at the RIAT 2019, RAF Fairford (United Kingdom)
The Aerospatiale Gazelle light helicopter served the French armed forces in a wide range of roles, and continues to see limited use with the French Army Air Corps as a capable reconnaissance and light attack helicopter. The 'M' variant is equipped with a VIVIANE thermal imaging camera allowing day and night operations as well as the HOT missile for anti-tank operations. This helicopter comes from 3e Régiment d'Hélicoptères de Combat
(3rd Combat Helicopter Regiment) based at Etienne, close to the border with Belgium, Luxemburg and Germany.
The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is the world's largest military air show, held annually over the third weekend in July,
usually at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, England in support of The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust.
The show typically attracts a total of 150.000 to 160.000 spectators over the weekend.