July 31, 2020 (Google Translation) – Deployed 7 days a week and 24 hours a day for the benefit and at the request of its African partners, the Falcon 50M maritime surveillance and response aircraft is based in Dakar and supported by the French elements in Senegal (EFS).
It operates in Senegalese and Cape Verdean Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs), and as far as the Gulf of Guinea. The crews of the 24F flotilla assigned to the Lann-Bihoué naval air base are placed under the operational control of the Commander of the Atlantic maritime zone. They take turns every month to carry out decisive missions.
” We operate with my crew to fight, in cooperation with our hosts from the Gulf of Guinea and mainly our Senegalese comrades, against the fight against overfishing “, explains Lieutenant Alain, captain and experienced pilot totaling more than 4500 hours flight. ” We help protect fishery resources but we also participate – and always at the request of our partners – in the fight against drug trafficking, arms, piracy, rescue at sea and the” Search and Rescue – mission rescue services for aircraft damaged at sea- ”. This “ Search and Rescue ” capability, provided by the sky sailors based in Dakar, enables Blaise Diagne airport to maintain its international certification.
It is within the framework of the partnership treaty between France and Senegal that the EFS host the Falcon 50 M. The EFS is a major air support point in West Africa.
This aircraft,, is endowed with an autonomy of 6h30 of flight. It can thus project itself 1000 nautical miles from Dakar while moving at 900 km / h, then patrolling for 1 hour.