Receive our newsletter – data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. News
August 20, 2018

RAF Chinook fleet aids French counter-terrorism operations in Mali

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has deployed its Chinook heavy-lift helicopter fleet to support the French counter-terrorism operations in Mali.

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has deployed its Chinook heavy-lift helicopter fleet to support the French counter-terrorism operations in Mali.

Three RAF Chinook helicopters, in addition to approximately 90 British personnel, are currently fully operational as part of the UK’s support for France.

Set off from RAF Odiham air station in England, the three Boeing-built aircraft are delivering niche logistical support to French combat forces deployed to carry out counter-terrorism operations as part of Operation Barkhane.

UK Armed Forces minister Mark Lancaster said: “This deployment demonstrates the vital role our armed forces play, working alongside our French allies to tackle terrorism and reduce threats to European and UK security.”

“This helicopter deployment demonstrates the UK’s commitment to do more in the Sahel, alongside £50m of UK aid providing lifesaving humanitarian support.”

To support the operations of the Chinooks, the British forces have set up three temporary aircraft hangers on the ground to enable the helicopters to conduct a number of different missions each week.

The current deployment is in addition to the country’s long-standing support of the United Nations, European Union, and G5 Sahel Joint Force operations in Mali.

Content from our partners
Bespoke harsh environment connector solutions set Omnetics apart from competitors
Growing opportunities for Unmanned Aerial Systems
Keeping the defence world connected with Smiths Interconnect

Operations are aimed at preventing extremists from using the ungoverned space in the Sahel to plan and launch attacks on Europe.

UK Minister of State for Africa Harriett Baldwin said: “The UK is committed to fighting poverty and bringing stability to the Sahel region, working closely with our partners to tackle threats to European security.

“This helicopter deployment demonstrates the UK’s commitment to do more in the Sahel, alongside £50m of UK aid providing lifesaving humanitarian support, and a bigger diplomatic network.”

In January 2013, the UK RAF deployed two of its C-17 Globemaster III military transport aircraft to France as part of the country’s logistical support for French military operations in Mali.

Related Companies

NEWSLETTER Sign up Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. The top stories of the day delivered to you every weekday. A weekly roundup of the latest news and analysis, sent every Monday. The defence industry's most comprehensive news and information delivered every month.
I consent to GlobalData UK Limited collecting my details provided via this form in accordance with the Privacy Policy
SUBSCRIBED

THANK YOU