columba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 6798 posts, RR: 5 Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3217 times:
Interesting article apparently the Bo 105 fleet is also be retired. The Bo 105 is used in two different roles with the Army. First as an anti-tank helicopter and in this role it is being replaced by the Eurocopter Tiger. The second use of the Bo is as a light utillity helicopter which is also used to insert special forces by rope. The Bo 105 is being retired because it is too expensive to maintain. The FAZ (a big newspaper here in Germany) reports concerns that losing their helicopters would not only reduce the readiness of special forces, but also deprive them of the skills of the highly trained pilots required for special operations.