This website uses cookies to manage authentication, navigation, and other functions. By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.

Rwanda Air Force will deploy five helicopters in Sudan for peacekeeping operations 1811111

a
 
World Air Force News - Rwanda
 
 
Rwanda Air Force will deploy five helicopters in Sudan for peacekeeping operations.
 
The Rwanda Air Force has started a training program to prepare 140 officers, including pilots, technicians, maintenance officers and air logistics staff, for deployment to the AU-UN hybrid operation in Darfur (UNAMID), according to a statement released late Monday by the Rwandan Ministry of Defense.
     
The Rwanda Air Force has started a training program to prepare 140 officers, including pilots, technicians, maintenance officers and air logistics staff, for deployment to the AU-UN hybrid operation in Darfur (UNAMID), according to a statement released late Monday by the Rwandan Ministry of Defense.
Rwanda Air Force Mi-17 helicopter
     

"Rwanda will deploy early next year five helicopters in Sudan for peacekeeping operations," the statement said.

The three-week program is jointly organized by the Rwanda Defense Force (RDF) and the U. S. Army under the Africa Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA) program.

Managed and funded by the U. S. Department of State, ACOTA is an initiative designed to improve African ability to respond quickly to crises by providing selected militaries with the training and equipment required to execute humanitarian or peace support operations.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has previously expressed displeasure over the inability of UNAMID to secure some "crucial equipment," including helicopters, for its effective operations.

Rwanda has over 3,000 troops in Sudan.