Just one-in-three French army helicopters operational: report

A French Senate report has found that last year 300 helicopters out of France's total military fleet of 467 were 'immobilized', a problem the report said 'prevented the conduct of certain missions, particularly in France', while warning that the pressure on service personnel is leading to their exhaustion.

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The French armed forces can only fly a third of their helicopter fleets, such is the poor state of service and support for military rotorcraft, according to a French Senate study, reports Defense News.