An Antonov AN-124 loaded with British Army vehicles recently left RAF Brize Norton for Exercise Quick Response 2020.
The Antonov An-124 is a large, strategic airlift, four-engined aircraft that was designed in the 1980s by the Antonov design bureau in Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union.
Quick Response is designed to test of EUFOR’s operational capability, deploying ‘over the horizon’ reserve forces, and the effectiveness of contingency plans to ensure EUFOR’s ability to fulfil its mandate under UN Security Council Resolution 2496 (2019) at all times. You can read more about the role of EUFOR here.
According to the Ministry of Defence, soldiers from The British Army’s Parachute Regiment landed with their payload of food and equipment on-board a Royal Air Force C130-J Hercules.
“Having spent the last 2 weeks in COVID isolation in the UK and a medical screening at Camp Butmir, they quickly got straight to work unloading specialist vehicles such as the Foxhound Light Armoured Vehicle, from the giant Antonov AN-124.”
COM EUFOR, Major General Reinhard Trischak, was quoted as saying:
“Exercise Quick Response 2020 is an amazing opportunity for EUFOR’s reserve forces to work with the authorities and law enforcement agencies of BiH first hand. Clearly COVID-19 will present challenges and limitations but it will not prevent EUFOR from showing how important it is to integrate fully with the people of BiH.”