China's peacekeeping helicopters finish airlift of Ethiopian peacekeepers in troop rotation

China Military Online
Li Jiayao
A Mi-171 multi-purpose helicopters attached to China's first peacekeeping helicopter detachment is being loaded with materials of the Ethiopia peacekeeping force in Tawila in north Darfur, Sudan, Dec. 10, 2017. ( Lei)

AL FASHIR, Sudan, Dec. 12 (ChinaMil) -- China's first peacekeeping helicopter detachment completed the transportation of Ethiopian peacekeepers for troop rotation in Sudan on Dec 10.

This is the first time for the Chinese helicopter detachment to carry out air transportation of peacekeepers for troop rotation since its deployment in the mission area of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) in this August.

The airlift started on Nov. 9 and in the past 30 days, four Mi-171 multi-purpose helicopters of the Chinese helicopter detachment completed 96 flights, transporting 35 tons of materials and 662 Ethiopian peacekeepers.

The detachment consists of one flying company equipped with four Mi-171 medium multi-purpose helicopters, one maintenance company and one logistical support company with 140 personnel in total coming from an aviation brigade of the PLA Army's 81st Combined Corps.

As part of the UNAMID Force, the detachment performs peacekeeping missions of air patrol, battlefield reconnaissance, personnel delivery, transfer of the wounded and transport of materials.


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