Watch for military helicopters overhead as part of Bovington exercise

Purbeck residents should keep an eye on the sky, as military aviation manoeuvres are taking place over the course of next week – and several different helicopters will be taking part.

The Armour Centre, a training facility based at Dorset’s Bovington Army Camp, will host the operation, which will last from Monday 28th September 2020 until Friday 2nd October 2020.


Each day, various different helicopters will take to the skies for the exercises between midday and 1 am.

Eight helicopters including the Chinook, Merlin and Wildcat

On a social media post, the centre explained:

“Up to eight helicopters including the Chinook, Merlin and Wildcat will operate daily between approximately 1200-0100.

“In order to meet all training objectives, the aircrew are required to achieve a number of night sorties, this will necessarily mean flying through to the early hours of the morning.

“Aircraft routing in and out of Bovington Camp has been planned to minimise disruption as far as possible and the continued support of the local community is very much appreciated during this essential training.”

The Chinook is a helicopter operated by the RAF, while the Merlin and the Wildcat are used by the Royal Navy. The Army also uses the Wildcat.

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