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French Airborne Equipment In Mali  
User currently offlinebreiz From France, joined Mar 2005, 1985 posts, RR: 2
Posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3758 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.

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User currently offlinepetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3563 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3629 times:

The Dutch government voted last week to also send troops to Mali. Along with ground forces there will be four Apaches.

User currently offlinekric777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 286 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3367 times:
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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.

User currently onlineptrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 4227 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3343 times:

The truth is in between, the whole of Mali is over twice the size of France, 479K sq miles vs 213.

This world map gives correct areas.

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