20 Nov On November 17th 2017, the Operational Search Course was concluded at Koulikoro Training Centre (KTC)
The six-week course was designed to allow a platoon of the 26th Engineer Battalion, stationed in SEGOU, to improve its shooting and contact-reaction techniques as well as first aid, Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) and radio procedures. In parallel, as always, the development of the training capabilities of the Malian Armed Forces (MaAF) was the main focus.
This course is based on collaboration between the MaAF, United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) and EUTM Mali.
The ultimate goal is for the MaAF to have trained troops, specialised in the search and neutralisation of IEDs.
The MaAF elements have had the opportunity to train on new techniques allowing them to anticipate, detect and react to these IEDs that are causing a lot of damage and victims, also amongst the population in the centre and the north of the country.
These notions could then be put into practice in the field with the support of EUTM coaches.
European instructors made every effort to convey their knowledge through courses during these 6 weeks, including through the implementation of realistic situations where the MaAF’s response and incident management capabilities were put to the test.
This period demonstrated once more a very good exchange between EUTM Mali and MaAF as the latter was able to share their experiences of the conflict and EUTM Mali was able to transmit its technical expertise in many domains.
This training, the first of its kind, will not be the last! Future trainings of this type will take place and will further strengthen the skills of the Malian army in the fight against IEDs.