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France AF On "standby" In Ivory Coast

Sun Nov 07, 2004 3:16 am

France has destroyed 2 Ivorian warplanes in retaliation after a air strike which killed 8 of their troops.
The planes were two SU-25's and France jets are enforcing a no-fly zone around the Ivory Coast, and the president has ordered that if anymore aircraft are put up by the Ivory Coast military that the French can shoot them down if they cross the no-fly zone.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/3988769.stm
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RE: France AF On "standby" In Ivory Coast

Sun Nov 07, 2004 3:45 am

The French have also downed a MI-24 as well. Good to see somebody is finally taking the situation in africa seriously.
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RE: France AF On "standby" In Ivory Coast

Sun Nov 07, 2004 9:35 am

Evidently French soldiers destroyed the two SU-25's on the ground. Hopefully the French will dispatch the Charles de Gaulle as a show of force and to provide backup for the guys on the ground.
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RE: France AF On "standby" In Ivory Coast

Sun Nov 07, 2004 2:40 pm

Current losses for ICAF are reported to be 2x SU-25 , 5x MI-24, 1x MI-8

3 Mirage F-1s were dispatched a few days ago to Gabon. French also have nearby bases in Sierra Leone, Chad, and Congo.
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RE: France AF On "standby" In Ivory Coast

Wed Nov 10, 2004 1:53 am

AFAIK there is nothing such as French military assets in Sierra Leone. (Lungi airport), and the reported F1's in Gabon are of no use at this distance, other than for propaganda aims.

Since the Belarus flying circus (aka ICAF) has been wiped out, there is no need for jets.
Transport a/c are on ABJ airport itself and helicopters are (probably) both there and in the French army base (marines) between the airport and the city.

 
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RE: Waddington

Wed Nov 10, 2004 7:45 am

Well, 1500nm is not impossible with tanker support  Smile

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