The European Defence Agency's (EDA) training courses for helicopter aircrew got off the ground in 2009 to fill its Member States' gap in tactical training and interoperability for operations in Afghanistan by promoting a common approach to helicopter activities in an environment that was new and challenging for many of them. Later, these activites were merged in the three EDA Helicopter Training Programmes, which are:

 ♦ Helicopter Exercise Programme (HEP) - includes the Blade exercise, the Electronic Warfare course, the COMAO Planning course and the Helicopter Tactics Symposium

 ♦ Helicopter Tactics Course (HTC) Programme,

 ♦ Helicopter Tactics Instructors Course (HTIC) Programme.

After the consolidation of these Programmes on the EDA side, they were transferred to the MHTC. The MHTC has reached its Initial Operational Capability (IOC) on the 1st January 2024, taking over all the Helicopter Training Programmes, from the EDA.