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AAR Airlift receives USAFRICOM support contract

29th September 2014 - 14:45 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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AAR Airlift will provide personnel recovery airlift services in West Africa in support of US Africa Command (USAFRICOM) under a $49 million contract from the Department of the Navy, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) announced on 24 September.

Under the contract AAR Airlift will provide personnel recovery, casualty evacuation, (CASEVAC) and search and rescue (SAR) services using rotary-wing and short takeoff and landing fixed-wing aircraft.

The aircraft will be based in Niamey, Niger, and will service an area of responsibility encompassing a 500-mile radius to include parts of Ghana, Togo, Mali, Burkina Faso, Benin, and Nigeria.

Randy J Martinez, president and CEO, AAR Airlift Group, said: ‘AAR Airlift is extremely proud to support America’s service members in this critically important mission. We have an extensive history of operations in sub-Saharan Africa and a very distinguished record of providing fixed- and rotary-wing search and rescue, and personnel recovery operations in austere environments, as well as over-water.

‘Together with our comprehensive aviation services in Uganda, the Central African Republic and surrounding areas, Niger represents an important element of our Africa strategy.’

NAVSUP provides US Navy, Marine Corps, and joint and allied forces with products and services that deliver combat capability through sustained global logistics and quality-of-life support to warfighters. USAFRICOM is one of six of the US Department of Defense’s geographic combatant commands and is responsible for military relations with African nations, the African Union, and African regional security organisations.

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