breiz
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French Airborne Equipment In Mali

Fri Nov 08, 2013 12:22 pm

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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RE: French Airborne Equipment In Mali

Fri Nov 08, 2013 7:44 pm

The Dutch government voted last week to also send troops to Mali. Along with ground forces there will be four Apaches.
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RE: French Airborne Equipment In Mali

Sun Nov 10, 2013 2:57 pm

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.

Huh?

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.
 
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RE: French Airborne Equipment In Mali

Sun Nov 10, 2013 3:36 pm

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.
http://www.worldmapper.org/display.php?selected=1
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