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Tuesday, April 20, 1999 Published at 09:40 GMT 10:40 UK


World: Europe

Picture gallery: Adding to Nato's firepower



The US is sending 500 paratroopers to Albania as a protection force for 24 Apache attack helicopters, expected in Albania on Tuesday. The Apaches will form Task Force Hawk, a new mission to hit Serb tanks and other military vehicles on the ground.

Preparations are under way in Albania for the helicopters' arrival.


[ image: US soldiers prepare guided missiles in Tirana military airport]
US soldiers prepare guided missiles in Tirana military airport


[ image: M39 missile launchers will support the attack helicopters]
M39 missile launchers will support the attack helicopters


[ image: Blackhawks and CH-47 Chinook helicopters will back up Task Force Hawk]
Blackhawks and CH-47 Chinook helicopters will back up Task Force Hawk


[ image: Albanians watch the US manoeuvres]
Albanians watch the US manoeuvres


[ image: 24 AH-64 Apache multi-mission combat helicopters are due in Albania]
24 AH-64 Apache multi-mission combat helicopters are due in Albania





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