posted on Jan, 14 2013 @ 08:24 PM
The RAF will be using the one C-17 to fly missions for a few days, the CAF has offered a C-17 for a week, to assist the people of Mali, and the RAF
will be offering other assets to help with intel gathering.
It's believed the following aircraft will be involved:
Sentinel R1 ASTOR, which performed beautifully in Libya. It has a similar mission to the USAF E-8 J-STARS with a Dual Mode Radar (DMR) which provides
Synthetic Aperature Radar (SAR) modes, as well as Ground Moving Target Indicator (GMTI), which allows them to track vehicles and other targets on the
The C-17s from the RAF and Canadian Air Force. Capable of carrying tanks helicopters and other cargo too large for the C-160 and C-130 of the French
MQ-9 Reaper, the armed version of the MQ-1 Predator, operated by 13 Squadron from Waddington.
Meanwhile the French Air Force has deployed two Mirage F-1CR aircraft to Bamako for quicker response times, and to ease pressure on their tankers.
The US is still deciding on what assets to send to assist in the operations.