Canada’s mission in Mali

MINUSMA helicopters

Canada’s new forward aeromedical evacuation capability is making a difference for UN peacekeepers in West Africa, as Elan Head discovers.

CH-147F serial 147304 comes in for a brownout landing. Despite the extreme heat in Mali, the complex avionics on the Chinooks have been “performing flawlessly”, according to avionics technician Cpl Matthew Marchand.

In Mali, the environment is not your friend. That’s true for many people in this West African nation, which encompasses vast swathes of the brutally hot Sahara Desert and semi-arid Sahel region. But it’s especially true if your task is to operate aircraft on complex missions at a moment’s notice.

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