The French Air Force (Armée de l’Air) has rotated its para-permanent fighter and tanker detachment at N’Djamena airport in Chad for its ongoing operations in Central and West Africa. Three new Mirage 2000Ds from Nancy and a C-135R from Istres, plus their crews, took over the job on 11 March 2014.
The new guys on the block will fly day and night combat patrol and recon missions in support of the Operation Epervier in Chad an the Central African Republic, and Operation Serval in Mali.
All French air assets in the sub-Sahara region (Chad, Senegal, Mali, Niger, Gabon, Central African Republic) – apart from those deployed with the French army or French special forces – answer to the JFACC AFCO, or … take a breath … the Joint Force Air Component Command – Commandement de la composante air de la force interarmées – de l’Afrique centrale et de l’ouest. The JFACC AFCO’s planning and command is in France at BA (base aérienne) 942 Lyon-Mont-Verdun, while the operations are all centralised at BA172 N’Djamena.
Source: Armée de l’Air
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