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Sweden participates in the international effort in Mali with a C17 aircraft

A C17 aircraft at Papa's base in Hungary. (Credit: Marco Nilsson/Swedish Armed Forces)

(BRUSSELS2) Sweden will offer a few hours of a C17 transport plane to support the international operation in Mali. Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt confirmed this… in a tweet. The Nordic Kingdom does not, per se, have any C17 aircraft. But it has hourly quotas on the three C17s (the force Heavy Airlift Wing, formed as part of NATO's strategic air capacity) based at the Papa base (Hungary) (*). The Swedish effort will last a maximum of 40 hours – specifies a press release from the Swedish Ministry of Defense – until May 31, 2013. It will mainly be used to transport African MISMA troops and their equipment to Mali. It's the seventh country of the European Union to confirm its logistical support for the international operation in Mali (after Belgium, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Spain).

(*) These aircraft are under Hungarian registration. Hence undoubtedly the words of the French Minister of Defense, JY Le Drian, speaking during his visit to Istres about the participation of the Hungarians in Operation Serval.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).