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Malian Air Force to procure more aircraft

20 October 2017

Mali will receive a second Airbus Defense and Space C295 transport aircraft to supplement the one that was delivered in late 2016, the Armed Forces of Mali (FAMa) has cited President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita as saying.

Mali’s C295 is seen during the president's visit to Air Base 101 3 October . (Mali Presidency)Mali’s C295 is seen during the president's visit to Air Base 101 3 October . (Mali Presidency)

A FAMa statement released on 5 October provided a summary of comments the president made when he visited Air Base 101 next to Bamako’s international airport two days earlier to inspect recently delivered aircraft that included two Harbin Y-12 transports and two Mi-35M attack helicopters.

Keita said another two Mi-35Ms and four Embraer 314/A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft were expected to arrive in the near future, although no timeline was provided.

Referring to a second C295, the FAMa cited him as adding that “another CASA” would be delivered and other aeroplanes that were not identified have been ordered.

The FAMa declined to elaborate on the statement when contacted by Jane’s . Airbus Defense and Space also declined to discuss a Malian order for a second C295.

An industry source has told Jane’s that Mali is negotiating for additional Airbus H215 Super Puma helicopters to supplement the two delivered last year.

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