UAE deploys Mirage 2000-9 jets to Eritrea

UAE deploys Mirage 2000-9 jets to Eritrea

(IHS Jane’s)

The United Arab Emirates has deployed a combat air group to Eritrea’s Assab airport to support its military operation in southern Yemen according to IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly.

The report says there were nine Dassault Mirage 2000 multirole jet fighters at the airport on 20 October, as well as two Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, two Bell 407 helicopters, one Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, and two Bombardier Dash 8 turboprop airliners.

This combination of aircraft is only in service with the UAE air force, which has about 40 Mirage 2000-9EAD jets and operates the Northstar Aviation 407MHR armed version of the Bell helicopter.

The Air Forces of UAE and Saudi Arabia have been the forerunners in the air campaign over Yemen.