San­garis: First A400M land­ing at Ban­gui


On Novem­ber 7, an A400M At­las be­long­ing to the 1/61 “Touraine” trans­port squadron landed for the first time at Ban­gui air­port, in the Cen­tral African Repub­lic. The air­craft landed at 9:45 on M’Poko Air­port to un­load 7.4 tonnes of sup­plies in­tended for the San­garis Force. The air force’s lat­est tac­ti­cal trans­port air­craft was de­ployed on over­seas op­er­a­tions shortly after its de­liv­ery last year.

The air­craft is per­fectly suited to the cur­rent re­quire­ments of French forces de­ployed in Cen­tral Africa. Its pay­load of 20 to 30 tonnes and its strate­gic range al­low sub­stan­tial sav­ings in terms of as­set ef­fi­ciency and sub­stan­tial sav­ings in flight times com­pared to the pre­vi­ous-gen­er­a­tion air­craft it re­places.

About 2,000 French sol­diers are cur­rently de­ployed on Op­er­a­tion San­garis, along­side 6,700 troops be­long­ing to the United Na­tions Mis­sion for Sta­bi­liza­tion in Cen­tral African Repub­lic (MI­NUSCA). Be­gun on Dec 5, 2013, Op­er­a­tion San­garis is in­tended to re-es­tab­lish min­i­mal lev­els of se­cu­rity in the Cen­tral African Repub­lic, and to as­sist in stand­ing up the UN mis­sion.

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