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  • mali Operation Barkhane

    arc around Sahel-Sahara


    • Operation Barkhane
    • Operation Barkhane
    • Operation Barkhane

    Follows on from Operation Serval (Mali) and Operation Epervier (Chad). France cooperates with military detachments from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali and Mauritania in anti-terrorist missions mainly in Mali, since 1 Aug 2014.
    Britain has been supporting French forces with troop and freight lift services, from Jul 2018 with Chinooks for troop movement by air around the theatre, both under Operation Newcombe.
    United Nations peacekeeping forces are present in the region as part of the MINUSMA mission.

    On November 25 2019, 13 French servicemen died after a Tiger and a AS532 Cougar helicopters collided at Liptako Malian during a combat operation against jihadists.


    Six Years for French NH90 in the Sahel, 23-Apr-21 : #NH90 Since November 2014 the NH90 TTH Caïman (Cayman) of the French Army Aviation (ALAT) 1st Combat Helicopter Regiment (RHC) are deployed in the African Sahel region

    RAF Chinook Heavy Lifting in Mali, 17-Jan-21 : #Chinook RAF 27 Squadron has 3 Chinook helicopters deployed in Gao, Mali as the 1310 Flt in support of French mission Operation Barkhane

    British Joint Helicopter Command in Mali, 13-Nov-20 : #Mali British Tri-Service Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) deployed RAF Chinook heavy lifting helicopters in Mali since 2018 in support of the French-led counter-terrorism operation in the Sahel

    British, Danish and Estonian in Mali, 18-Jul-20 : #Barkhane Aircraft and support personnel of Britain, Denmark and Estonia are deployed in Mali embedded into the French Operation Barkhane against counter-terrorism in West Africa

    RAF Chinooks to Remain in Mali, 12-Jun-20 : Three RAF Chinooks and 100 personnel will remain in Mali as UK extends its commitment to supporting French counter-terrorism operation in the Sahel. The helicopters have been deployed in country in non-combat roles since 2018 under Operation Newcombe

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    DatesRotary Wing Aircraft UnitModels
        FR Escadron d'Helicopteres 01.067 Armée de l'Air SA330 Puma
    Super Puma/Cougar
        FR 4 Regiment d'Helicopters des Forces Speciales Aviation Légère de l'Armée de Terre AS532UL Cougar
    EC725AP Caracal
    Tiger / Tigre
    SA330 Puma
        FR 5 Regiment D'Helicopteres de Combat Aviation Légère de l'Armée de Terre Gazelle
    Tiger / Tigre
    SA330 Puma
        01aug14 to - FR 1 Regiment D'Helicopteres de Combat Aviation Légère de l'Armée de Terre Gazelle
    SA330 Puma
    NH90 TTH
        dec19 to dec20 DK Eskadrille 722 Flyvevåbnet EH101
        mar21 to - SE Andra Helikopterskvadronen Försvarsmakten UH-60M Black Hawk
    Not all models shown may have taken part in the Operation

    Individual helicopters

    Model IDs
    Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk 161229    
    Eurocopter AS532UL Cougar 2336    
    NH Industries NH90 TTH 1294     1306     1333     1334     1405    
    Aerospatiale SA330B Puma 1204    
    Aerospatiale SA342M Gazelle 3849     4168    
    AgustaWestland EH101 Mk.512 M-502     M-507    


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