Bangladesh Air Force's (BAF) three MI-171SH helicopters equipped with sophisticated night vision technology and equipment left for Central African Republic on Saturday.
BAF has sent three armoured versions of their Russian-made MI-171SH helicopter to MINUSMA, the UN peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic (CAR), for the first time, said a press release.
Previously, 123 members of the contingent were deployed in the mission area by a UN chartered aircraft operated by Biman Bangladesh Airlines on May 29.
This contingent was the first one which was deployed from Rapid Deployment Level (RDL) of UN Peacekeeping Capabilities Readiness System (PCRS).
It is mentionable that Bangladesh is the first member country of UN to send a contingent from RDL. This endeavour reflects the strong commitment of Bangladesh towards world peace and security.
The members of the BAF have been performing their duties in various UN Peacekeeping missions with utmost efficiency, professionalism and sincerity in mitigating the conflict. Despite the global outbreak of the Coronavirus, the BAF sent its contingent to CAR.
The helicopters will be attached to the Bangladesh Medium Armed Military Helicopter Unit there. With advanced technologies and skilled manpower, the helicopter unit is expected to play a more effective role in support of the MINUSMA mandate towards resolving the conflict in the CAR.
Earlier, the Chief of Air Staff of Bangladesh Air Force, Air Chief Marshal MasihuzzamanSerniabat, gave necessary briefings to the Air Force contingent members going to the CAR and participated in special Munajat for the success of the mission on May 28.