After the USAF departure, Étain AB was used by the French Army as a helicopter base. Currently, the 3e Régiment d'Hélicoptères de Combat (3e RHC) Combat Helicopter Regiment operates from the base and flies SA341, SA342, SA 342L1 and 342M1 VIVIANE "Gazelles", and SA 330 "Pumas". About 1000 soldiers and participated operations in RCI, BALKANS, INDONESIA, LIBAN, TCHAD ... The 3e RHC will be the first numeric regiment of the brigade with systems as SIR and SIT.
The base is well-maintained and has been expanded over the years, and remains a front-line French military facility.
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