Within the African Lion 2022 joint military exercises, troops from the Royal Armed Forces (FAR) and the United States Army carried out an airborne paratrooper exercise in the Mahbès region of Western Sahara. The jump of the 120 paratroopers took place on the night of Wednesday, June 22 to Thursday, June 23, 2022.
The paratroopers embarked from the air bases of Salé and Kenitra (North). The launch from three US C130-type military aircraft took place in the middle of the night accompanied by artillery fire “behind the enemy”. It was a training to face the challenge of security in a Saharan area similar to that of the Sahel region infested by terrorism, observers recall quoted by the Moroccan press.
Africa Lion 2022 mobilizes more than 7,500 soldiers from ten nations, including Brazil, Chad, France and the United Kingdom. Military observers from NATO and fifteen “partner countries” participate in it, including, for the first time, Israel.
Last Wednesday, the town of Kenitra, the Royal Air Forces 3rd Base, was the scene of the final preparations carried out by Royal Armed Forces paratroopers and US Marines before boarding the C-130 Hercules, to perform the night jump in Mahbès.
According to the daily Assabah, The elite units of Moroccan paratroopers were chosen for the planned exercise in Mahbès, based on rigorous criteria, such as their high degree of combativeness and their ability to intervene quickly behind (virtual) enemy lines. After the execution of these night maneuvers in Mahbès, the parachute units returned to Kenitra by land.