breiz From France, joined Mar 2005, 1892 posts, RR: 2 Posted (5 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2317 times:
The French MOD just detailed the airborne equipment used by the French forces for the operation "Serval" in Mali:
- 2 C160 Transall based at Bamako,
- 1 medevac Casa CN235 at Goa,
- 1 medevac Casa CN235 at Libreville (Gabon),
- 1 C-130 hercules and 1 Casa CN235 at N'Djamena (Tchad),
- 16 helicopters in Mali (6 Gazelle, 2 Tigre and 8 Puma),
- 6 Rafale B/C at N'Djamena,
- 3 Mirage 2000D at Bamako,
- 1 C-135R at Bamako and 1 at N'Djamena and 1 at N'Djamena.
In addition, Spain (CN-235) and the USA (C-130) provide on-demand tactical transport.
Obviously France is not the USA.
If we consider that the North of Mali alone is 3 times as big as France, it gives a measure of the task in hands.
kric777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 277 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 1926 times:
Quoting breiz (Thread starter): If we consider that the North of Mali alone is 3 times as big as France, it gives a measure of the task in hands.
If you look at a map, it appears that the *entirety* Mali is barely larger than France. Mali is shaped, roughly, like an enormous, SW-NE-oriented bow-tie; the northern portion looks to be about the size of Spain, about 80% as large as France. This post is not intended to diminish the difficulty of the task at hand, but to add some perspective to the dimensions cited.