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Helicopter shortage in overseas missions
« on: January 13, 2008, 02:28:13 PM »
Helicopter shortage in overseas missions
 By Jonathan Marcus
BBC diplomatic correspondent

One of the key shortages had been in the support area, notably helicopters.

Last month, French Defence Minister Herve Morin complained about the reluctance of other European governments to come up with the necessary resources.   France, because of its long-standing military ties in the region, had wanted to restrict its contribution to the 3,500-strong force, which is to be commanded by an Irish general.    With few other offers coming in, the French have now decided to deploy around 10 transport helicopters and the necessary support elements themselves - though they still hope that other countries may contribute additional equipment.

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