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Canada to send helicopter group to Mali

20 March 2018
A door gunner mans an M134 minigun to provide security from a Royal Canadian Air Force Griffon helicopter during an escort mission near Kandahar in Afghanistan in 2009. Source: Royal Canadian Air Force

The Canadian government announced on 19 March that it would contribute an “aviation task force” to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) for 12 months.

It said the task force would include CH-147F Chinook helicopters “to provide urgently needed transport and logistics capacity for the MINUSMA mission”, CH-146 Griffon (Bell 412EP) utility helicopters to act as armed escorts, and support personnel, the government said in a statement.

It provided no further details about the number of aircraft and personnel involved or where in Mali they will be deployed.

Canada announced in November 2017 that it had pledged to bolster UN peacekeeping by providing an aviation task force, quick reaction force, and tactical airlift support to an unidentified mission.

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