A Luftwaffe Airbus A310 Multi Role Transport Tanker (MRTT) was deployed to Dakar, Senegal, on 2 March to provide aerial refueling to French combat aircraft involved in Operation Serval in Mali.
Leaving Cologne-Wahn (photo: Luftwaffe/Ingo Bicker)
The tanker will fly one mission a day starting on 3 March to refuel French air force Rafale, Mirage 2000 and Mirage F1 combat aircraft. Before it was deployed, the MRTT had to be certified to refuel French aircraft as it had previously only done so for Luftwaffe Tornadoes and Eurofighters.
Arriving in Dakar (photo: Bundeswehr/Martin Gesenhoff)
The MRTT took off from Cologne-Wahn air base with 25 personnel on 2 March. It joined three C-160D transport aircraft already deployed to Dakar to support the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA).
Refueling Rafale (Luftwaffe/French air force photo)
As of 1 March, the C-160Ds had made 117 flights, clocking up 400 flying hours and airlifting 290 tons of materiel and 567 passengers.