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Time for shifts for the first recruits

The A310 on the Dakar tarmac takes on soldiers, time for relief (Credit: Luftwaffe)

(BRUSSELS2) The German A310 plane from the Cologne-Wahn special air missions squadron which landed yesterday on the tarmac of Bamako – Sénou airport did not come only to bring trainers for EUTM (read: German trainers arrived in Bamako). He also brought equipment. And as soon as he was full, he took off again towards Senegal. In Dakar, it landed additional personnel and equipment for the German mission to support the AFISMA-contingent, before taking off again, with returning German soldiers on board. At the EATC headquarters in Eindhoven, which coordinates all air movements of the transport aviation of 4 countries, we welcome these movements. It is “a good example of EATC’s effectiveness in planning missions”. The procedure allows the goods to ensure a rotation of troops in different theaters during a single mission. By adding several air transport requests (known as ATR) in a single mission, “ we avoid what we call “empty legs” – a flight without goods on board and act as efficiently as possible”.

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).