Have you seen that our (Puma?)Helicopters from Iraq have been returned to GB and need a lot of modifications to allow their use in the Higher Altitudes of Afghanistan. As well as this the pilots need more training to cope with the higher altitude they will encounter.
is the Deputy Commander of the joint helicopter command, so it would be reasonable to assume that he knows a thing or two about the logistics of flying helicopters in a relatively confined air space in a combat zone.
He said “When you get a headline saying there are more helicopters in Hampshire than Helmand, there might well be, but there’s a bloody good reason for that.”
Which seems fairly unambiguous - there's a reason for it. The reason, according to the Air Commodore, is that there simply isn't enough space (or people) to park, manoeuvre, and maintain more helicopters at the moment. Obviously there's a good deal of land-space in Helmand, but you can't just slap a bunch of extra helicopters out in the open with maintenance technicians swarming all over them - that would be the ultimate sitting duck for a few Taliban blokes with missile launchers. It takes time to construct safe parking, fuelling, and maintenance facilities.
Words might fail you, but I suggest that's because you may be taking a piece of Telegraph journalistic nonsense at face value, rather than looking any deeper.