Luftwaffe To Help Airlift ECOWAS Troops Into Mali


Germany will participate in the airlift of Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) troops to Mali. German Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière and Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle today announced that two Luftwaffe C-160 Transall transport aircraft will be sent to Mali to airlift ECOWAS troops to the capital, Bamako.

Bundeswehr photo

Niger, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Benin, Togo and Nigeria plan to deploy an African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA) numbering up to 3,300 troops to support the Malian army and French troops in their fight against rebels.

De Maizière said the Luftwaffe deployment was too small to require a mandate from the Bundestag, the German parliament. But he added that if the situation changes and Germany participates in an EU mission to training the Malian army, a mandate would be necessary.

Please or Register to post comments.

What's Ares?

Aviation Week's defense blog

From The Archives

Aviation Week is approaching its 100th anniversary in 2016. In a series of blogs, our editors highlight editorial content from the magazine's long and rich history.


Oct 8, 2015

The Case Of The Missing F-117 Parts (2001) 24

How AW&ST found out what had happened to the remains of a shot-down F-117....More
Sep 18, 2015

The U.S.-Russian Moon Landing That Never Happened (1963) 9

U.S. President John F. Kennedy is well known for the 1961 speech to Congress in which he made the Apollo program a national goal....More
Blog Archive
Penton Corporate

Sponsored Introduction Continue on to (or wait seconds) ×