In support of RS, FAB exceeds 2000 flight hours in Operation Taquari 2In support of RS, FAB exceeds 2000 flight hours in Operation Taquari 2

C-98 Caravan, KC-390 Millennium, KC-30, C-105 Amazonas, H-60 Black Hawk and H-36 Caracal are among the aircraft used to provide humanitarian aid to the state.

Air Force Agency, by Lieutenant Myrea Calazans

Rotary Wings, Transportation, Search and Rescue, Fighter, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance. The activities of the 26 aircraft of the different aviations employed in Operation Taquari 2 resulted in the achievement of the 2,000 flight hours mark.

Among the actions to support the victims of the floods in Rio Grande do Sul were airdrops of donations, rescues of stranded people, transportation of tons of donations collected by the “Todos Unidos pelo Sul” campaign, modules for the structures of the three forces’ field hospitals and many other activities.

Under the coordination of the Aerospace Operations Command (COMAE), the action of the vectors, which has been taking place since April 30, from the Santa Maria (BASM), Canoas (BACO) and Florianópolis (BAFL) air bases, has been indispensable in carrying out humanitarian aid missions in RS.

“This milestone represents the prompt response of the FAB, especially its air units, to meet the needs of society during the floods in Rio Grande do Sul. However, more important than the hours flown are the lives of Brazilians saved in the rescues, in the transport of donations, in aeromedical evacuations, in short, in all the FAB’s actions on behalf of the affected population,” said the Head of COMAE’s Joint Aerospace Operations Center, Air Brigadier Alessandro Cramer.


The C-98 Caravan aircraft are being operated by the Second Air Transport Fleet (2º ETA) – Pastor Squadron, the Sixth Air Transport Squadron (6º ETA) – Guará Squadron and the Santa Maria Air Base (BASM). The vectors have mainly carried out the logistical transportation of donations and military personnel on several flights on the same day. This is also the case with the C-97 Brasília aircraft, operated by the Fifth Air Transport Squadron (5th ETA) – Pégaso Fleet and the 6th ETA; and the C-95 Bandeirante, operated by the Third Air Transport Squadron (3rd ETA) – Pioneiro Squadron and also by the 2nd ETA, 5th ETA and 6th ETA.

The H-60L Black Hawk helicopters are operated by the Second Fleet of the Tenth Aviation Group (2º/10º GAV) – Pelican Squadron and by the Fifth Squadron of the Eighth Aviation Group (5°/8° GAV) – Panther Squadron. Other rotary-wing aircraft are the H-36 Caracal, operated by the Third Squadron of the Eighth Aviation Group (3°/8° GAV) – Puma Squadron and the First Squadron of the Eighth Aviation Group (1°/8° GAV) – Falcon Fleet. These are medium-sized multi-mission aircraft, used on a large scale for troop infiltration and exfiltration, as well as Aeromedical Evacuations and rescues of flood victims.

The C-105 Amazonas aircraft, operated by the First Squadron of the Ninth Aviation Group (1°/9° GAV) – Fleet Arara – and the First Squadron of the Fifteenth Aviation Group (1°/15° GAV) – Squadron Onça – have been used to promote air resupply operations such as the delivery of food, medicine and other essential elements. They have also been used in other operations, such as the transportation of medical equipment and air ICU missions.

“Our vector, the C-105 Amazonas, has characteristics such as versatility, flexibility and high capacity, which allows it to be used promptly in the current scenario of supporting the victims of the flooding in Rio Grande do Sul, thus carrying out Air Force actions such as aerial resupply, tactical and aerological transportation and aeromedical evacuation,” said one of the members of the Onça Fleet, Air Captain Cleber De Souza Nichelli.

*** Translated by DEFCONPress FYI Team ***

By admin