Lockheed Martin awarded contract for Moroccan F-16s

26/08/2020 – Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract from the United States Department of Defence for F-16 fighters for Taiwan and Morocco, which will receive 66 and 24 respectively under the contract.

On 14 August the Department of Defence announced that Lockheed Martin had been awarded a contract for new production of F-16 Foreign Military Sale (FMS) aircraft. “The total value for the initial delivery order is $4 941 105 246 and will be awarded on the same date. The initial delivery order is for 90 aircraft, including both the pre-priced recurring core configuration costs at $2 862 797 674 and the engineering change proposal/undefinitized contract action for the non-recurring costs not-to-exceed $2 078 307 572 obligated at approximately $1 018 370 710,” the contract announcement read. Continuer à lire … « Lockheed Martin awarded contract for Moroccan F-16s »

Turkey, Qatar, Libya’s GNA Agree to Establish Turkish Naval Base in Misrata – Reports

22/08/2020 – Turkey, Qatar, and Libya’s Government of National Accord signed an agreement to establish a Turkish naval base in the Libyan city of Misrata, the Al-Arabiya TV channel reported citing sources.

Turkish and Qatari defence ministers Hulusi Akar and Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah arrived in Tripoli on Monday. The ministers held meetings with the leaders of the Government, Libya’s High Council of State, as well as the Government’s Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha.

According to Al Arabiya’s sources, the agreement envisions « the creation of a trilateral military coordination centre in the city of Misrata, as well as the creation of training centres and headquarters for GNA militants in Doha ».

In July, Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah, Hulusi Akar, and Fathi Bashagha held negotiations on the situation in Libya in the Turkish capital of Ankara.

Previously, Turkey provided military support to the Government of National Accord after Ankara and Tripoli signed a military cooperation pact. In response, the Libyan National Army leader Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar vowed to oppose the Turkish forces and accused Ankara of meddling in Libyan internal affairs.

As of today, Libya is divided between two main centres of power — an elected parliament in the country’s east, supported by the Libyan National Army, and the UN-backed Government of National Accord in the west, headed by Fayez Sarraj.

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Sahel-Elite (Bamako-Mali) | Photo : © REUTERS / AYMAN AL-SAHILI

Turkey, Qatari ministers meet as Egypt parliament approves Libya incursion

21/07/2020 – The Turkish and Qatari defence ministers met on Monday in Ankara to discuss security cooperation, Anadolu news agency reported.

In the meeting, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar and his Qatari counterpart Khalid bin Mohammed el-Atiye stressed the importance strategic partnership between the two countries. Continuer à lire … « Turkey, Qatari ministers meet as Egypt parliament approves Libya incursion »

Mali : UK loans Estonia four Jackal vehicles to support counter-terror mission in Mali

14/07/2020 – Minister for the Armed Forces James Heappey confirmed the loan, plus a three-week training package, for elite soldiers of the Estonian Armed Forces.

The loan will equip Estonian troops as they join the international fight against Islamic terrorism in the Sahel region of Africa, a further example of the UK’s strong partnership with one of its closest NATO allies. Continuer à lire … « Mali : UK loans Estonia four Jackal vehicles to support counter-terror mission in Mali »

Niger receives Mi-171Sh helicopters

13/07/2020 – Niger has apparently taken delivery of two armed Mi-171Sh helicopters after ordering the aircraft for some $47 million. Continuer à lire … « Niger receives Mi-171Sh helicopters »

EU special ops to deploy in Mali Wednesday: French minister

13/07/2020 – A joint EU special ops force formed to back Mali’s fight against jihadist groups will deploy in the West African country on Wednesday, French Defence Minister Florence Parly said.Around 100 French and Estonian troops will initially make up the force dubbed Takuba, Parly told the online version of the daily La Croix on Sunday. Continuer à lire … « EU special ops to deploy in Mali Wednesday: French minister »

German Bundeswehr Renews Service Contracts for Heron 1 systems in Afghanistan and Mali

13/07/2020 – Airbus Defence and Space and the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) have signed a renewed service contract agreement for Heron 1 unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in operation in Afghanistan and Mali. Continuer à lire … « German Bundeswehr Renews Service Contracts for Heron 1 systems in Afghanistan and Mali »

Morocco makes new steps towards developing military industry

10/07/2020 – The kingdom will grant licenses for the manufacture of weapons and military and security equipment and for their export.

Morocco is seeking to modernise its armed forces and further develop its domestic military industry, a development experts say is achievable and even inevitable considering regional and international turbulence.Morocco is set to increase its defence budget in support of this ambition. On Monday, the kingdom announced related decisions taken during the Council of Ministers, chaired by  Moroccan King Mohammed VI. Continuer à lire … « Morocco makes new steps towards developing military industry »

Rafale attacks on Turkish targets in al-Watiya airbase: Egyptian or French?

06/07/2020 – Informed sources told The Arab Weekly that the warplanes that targeted al-Watiya airbase in western Libya were Rafale jets, which limits the identity of the attacking power to France and Egypt, the two countries within the range of the base that possess this type of aircraft.The sources considered the attack a quick response to Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar’s visit to Tripoli, which reflected the extent of Turkish persistence in western Libya. Continuer à lire … « Rafale attacks on Turkish targets in al-Watiya airbase: Egyptian or French? »

Zimbabwe Defence Minister denies deployment of troops to Mozambique

03/07/2020 – Defence minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri has described as dangerous rumours and lies, reports government has deployed Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) soldiers to Mozambique to help that country quell an Islamist insurgency. Continuer à lire … « Zimbabwe Defence Minister denies deployment of troops to Mozambique »