Casualty rates and available Canadian airlift assets Please see below the answers the Media Liaison

Office was provided with in response to your media query regarding casualty rates and available Canadian airlift assets. Thank you for your interest and have a wonderful day. Q1. Are the explanations for the casualty rates contained in the report still valid? A1. Yes.

Q2. Do the Canadian Armed Forces still believe one cannot compare Canadian casualty rate to those of our allies? A2. Q3. Yes.

How did the casualty rates change with the arrival of Canadian aircraft in 2009?

A3. The arrival of Canadian aircraft in Afghanistan had a significant operational impact on how the Canadian Armed Forces conducted operations. However, casualty rates were driven by the intensity of the insurgency, and not solely by the modes of transportation. Furthermore, casualty rates varied depending on the season and on what type of operations the Canadian Armed Forces were conducting at the time. The use of aircraft made for safer logistical and administrative movements; however, combat operations were still being conducted on the ground. Data published by the Government of Canada show that 2009 was, casualty-wise, one of our toughest years. Coincidentally, 2009 was also the first year the air wing was in full operation. Nevertheless, it is highly likely that the use of aviation helped reduce the number of casualties. * * * * * * Canadian casualties between 2006 and 2010: 2006: 32 2007: 27 2008: 27 2009: 29 2010: 14 2011: 2

Q4. What lessons did the Canadian Armed Forces learn about the relationship between casualty rates and the availability of Canadian aircraft versus land transport and/or the use of allied aircraft? A4. While our casualty rates were influenced by the ebb and flow of the insurgency, they were also mitigated to some extent by the use of aircraft to transport our troops within Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, generally speaking, it was safer to fly than to move

by ground transportation. Amanda Ratz Media Liaison Office | Bureau de liaison avec les médias Assistant Deputy Minister (Public Affairs) | Sous-ministre adjoint (Affaires publiques) National Defence | Défense nationale 101 Colonel By Drive Ottawa (ON), Canada K1A 0K2