The Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) will dispatch one of its Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules with 50 personnel in support of the UN backed multinational operations in Mali in Africa. The government in Oslo decided on 24 June 2015 that the tactical airlifter should be operational at Bamako-M’poko Airport in Mali in the beginning of 2016.
The Herc will provide airlift to the international forces in Mali – with a heavy French involvement – limiting the movement and fighting rebel forces in the north and northeast of the country. However, Norway will withdraw the about 20 intelligence officers from Mali in November this year, the Norwegian newspaper VG reports.
In the recent past Bamoko has seen Hercules’s many times. Norway’s neighbour Sweden uses its older TP 84 versions regularly in support of its troops in Mali.
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