A Strategic Airlift Capability Heavy Airlift Wing C-17 cargo jet is being offloaded after landing in Bangui, Central African Republic, on May 10 2014. Photo: HAW
The mission, requested by SAC program member nation Sweden, consisted of transport of Estonian Armed Forces equipment and troops from Tallinn, Estonia to Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic with a SAC Boeing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft.
The mission flown from May 8 to 11 was a part of the SAC nations’ support to the European Union military operation EUFOR RCA that contributes to a secure environment in the Central African Republic authorized by the United Nations Security Council.
About the Strategic Airlift Capability Heavy Airlift Wing
The Heavy Airlift Wing (HAW) based in Hungarian Defence Forces (HDF) Pápa Air Base, Hungary is the operational arm of the multinational Strategic Airlift Capability program (SAC). The HAW operates three C-17 Globemaster III long-range military cargo jets providing strategic airlift capability to meet the mission requirements of the 12 SAC partner nations .The HAW became operational in 2009 and its aircraft fleet has achieved over 13.000 flying hours. The unit reached Full Operational Capability (FOC) in 2012.The SAC Nations consist of the NATO members Hungary, Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and the United States and NATO Partnership for Peace nations Finland and Sweden. SAC can support the airlift needs of its member nations related to national defense, UN, EU and NATO commitments and humanitarian relief.