The Portuguese Defense Minister meets the Portuguese Air Force personnel about to deploy to the UN mission in Mali. The Portuguese Air Force will be deploying this month of June one C-295M aircraft and 63 air and ground crew military personnel.
MINUSMA – United Nations Multinational Integrated Stabilization Mission – is a peacekeeping mission created in 2013 with the goal to stabilize Mali which had been suffering attacks from insurgent groups. The situation in the country is dangerous and over 3.2 million people are in a dare situation, desperately needing Humanitarian Aid from the UN.
The Portuguese Air Force detachment will have the mission to provide air support to MINUSMA, such as transport of personnel and cargo, tactical airlift using improvised runways and bare bases, Medical Evacuations, parachutist activity, air surveillance,
This will be the fifth detachment of the Portuguese Air Force in MINUSMA (2014 with a C130; 2015 with a C-130 and later with a C295; 2016 with a C295). The C295 will deploy starting 26 June 2020 and ending 31 December 2020.