AA / Bamako / Amarana Maiga
Two brand new helicopters and Russian-made surveillance radars were received Monday by the Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Mali, Major General Oumar Diarra, said the presidency of Mali in a press release.
“The Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, Division General Oumar Diarra received this Monday, April 18, 2022 on behalf of the Minister of Defense and Veterans, 2 combat helicopters and surveillance radars”, declared the same source, adding that “it was exactly at 00:45 am that the Russian Cargo carrying the two combat helicopters and the radars, came to a standstill on the tarmac of the President Modibo Keita International Airport”.
“We are receiving this second batch of military equipment from Russia on behalf of the Minister of Defense and Veterans Affairs. It is the manifestation of a very fruitful partnership with the Russian State”, rejoiced Major General Oumar Diarra.
And to add that “it is also the manifestation of a very strong political will to equip the Malian army with substantial means so that it can be able to carry out its mission of defending territorial integrity. , the protection of people and their property, and peace and the return of security throughout the national territory”.
On March 31, two Russian-made helicopters of the MI-35P type, radars, weapons of war, ammunition and rolling stock were received by the Malian Minister of Defense and Veterans Affairs, Colonel Sadio Camara.
In a statement, Minister Camara had indicated that the first batch “composed, among other things, of two combat helicopters, latest generation radars capable of detecting in 3D objects flying at a speed of up to 8,000 km/h and a lot of he other equipment necessary in the fight against terrorism and the violent extremism that is rampant in our country, are the fruits of a sincere and very old partnership (Russia-Mali)”.
He further stated that “today we can proudly say that our National Army is able to operate independently without asking anyone for help.”
As a reminder, on December 31, 2021, Russia provided Mali with four MI-171 type helicopters, weapons of war and ammunition, received by the Malian Minister of Defense and Veterans Affairs, Colonel Sadio Camara.
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