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 »

Morocco reportedly orders Sherpa armoured vehicles

30/06/2020 – Morocco has apparently ordered 36 Sherpa armoured vehicles from France’s Arquus, in Light Scout and Light Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) models.

This is according to France’s DSI Magazine, which gave no further details on the acquisition and there has been no comment available from Arquus (formerly Renault Trucks Defence). Continuer à lire … « Morocco reportedly orders Sherpa armoured vehicles »

Keeping Terrorism at Bay in Mauritania

28/06/2020 – Mauritania’s security reforms, including training, enhanced mobility, Special Forces, prudent procurement, and community engagement have strengthened its capability to confront violent extremist groups.

Violent extremism continues to be one of the most significant challenges to peace and security in the Sahel. Militant Islamist groups have shown remarkable staying power despite their military rout in northern Mali in 2013 following the deployment of French-led Operation Serval (now Operation Barkhane). Indeed, violent extremist groups in the Sahel have grown in number, size, and lethality—now concentrated in central Mali, northeastern Burkina Faso, and western Niger. Continuer à lire … « Keeping Terrorism at Bay in Mauritania »

Morocco signs up for 24 AH-64E Apaches

27/06/2020 – Boeing has secured a deal to supply Morocco with 24 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters.

The deal makes Morocco the 17th country to obtain the AH-64, says Boeing. Deliveries will start in 2024.

“This is another step forward in our long partnership with the Kingdom of Morocco,” says Jeff Shockey of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. Continuer à lire … « Morocco signs up for 24 AH-64E Apaches »