CASA flies in the Sinai

Autor: Oldrich Holecek

The Czech Republic expanded its participation in the Multinational Force and Observers mission in the Sinai by deploying CASA C-295M transport aircraft with 13 flying and ground personnel as of 4 November 2013.

"Our major task will be flying monitoring routes over Egyptian-Israeli border with international observers aboard to find out the situation down there. Besides that, we will provide transport of personnel and material between assigned destinations," Lieutenant Colonel Milan Laniak, commander of the contingent and pilot, says before departure from the Prague-Kbely military airport. "The mission has its specifics compared to European flying over towns, forests and cultivated fields, but we are well prepared and ready to get new experience," Laniak says adding that crews had already made some lesson-flights right over Sinai deserts.

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It is the ever first CASA aircraft operational deployment on a foreign mission. Deputy Chief of the General Staff Major General Bohuslav Dvorak and Air Force Commander Brigadier General Libor Stefanik were at the airport to say goodbye to soldiers.

The Czech personnel will rotate in four-month tours of duty, and the mission is planned to be accomplished by the end of 2014.

The Czech Republic has contributed to MFO mission since 2009 with three officers serving at staff positions. "This deployment makes good use of a long-term training of CASA personnel and will bring new experience for the whole Air Force," Lieutenant General Petr Pavel, Chief of the General Staff, says to the deployment.

Posted: November 16, 2013