United Kingdom assistance for French Mali operation

Discussion in 'MoD News' started by MoD_RSS, Jan 13, 2013.

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  2. When are the French going to admit that they need heavy lift, jet transports if they want to intervene far from Metropolitan France?

    Seem to remember when 2REP jumped at Kolwezi, Zaire, in May '78, they did so from MAC C-141A Starlifters as the Transals didn't have the legs for it. Galic pride denied them C-130s in favour of the smaller, shorter ranged C-160 and now, with A-400M still some time from Squadron service they have to 'borrow' C-17s from Les Ros Bifs. That's got to smart a bit, especially as they still see themselves as the Gendarmes of their former possessions.

    Perhaps a UOR for a slack handfull of '17s whilst they wait for the 400s would be in order? I'm sure Uncle Sam would say yes; they need to keep the line open and if they are willing to sell to India, then France would be a dead cert, even if it were only a short-term lease.

    They French have become a little more flexible of late, buying E-2s for the CdG carrier and finally adopting STANAG mags for thier service rifle...

    Good new is we might be able to borrow CdG for the South Atlantic!