No weapons or military hardware exported from SA to Libya – Mthembu

27/06/2020 – The government has squashed rumours regarding the export of weapons and military hardware to Turkey, which could possibly end up in the hands of militia groups fighting in the Libyan civil war.

This after the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) was questioned, during a Parliamentary meeting of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence, about reports that military hardware had been exported to Turkey in May and could possibly end up in the north African nation. Continuer à lire … « No weapons or military hardware exported from SA to Libya – Mthembu »

Tunisian officials seize Turkish-made weapons smuggled to Libya: report

10/01/2020 – Tunisian authorities have seized Turkish-made weapons smuggled from Turkey to Libya that were bound for Feriana, Kasserine, a region in Tunisia infiltrated by terrorist groups affiliated with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Interior Ministry spokesperson Khaled Hayouni announced on Wednesday. Continuer à lire … « Tunisian officials seize Turkish-made weapons smuggled to Libya: report »

US agency warns of threat to Kenyan airspace

03/01/2020 – The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has warned American air carriers to “exercise caution” when flying over Kenyan airspace, citing possible attacks by extremists.
In an advisory directed to civilian airliners and all operators of US-registered aircraft issued last week, the agency said: “Those persons are advised to exercise caution when flying into, out of, within, or over the territory and airspace of Kenya East of 40 degrees East longitude at altitudes below fl260 due to the possibility of extremist/militant activity.” Continuer à lire … « US agency warns of threat to Kenyan airspace »

Is Africa ready for weapons that call their own shots?

28/08/2019 – Robotic weapons that once activated can select and attack targets without any further human intervention are being developed by the United States, China, Russia, the United Kingdom, South Korea and Israel. Often listed as part of the ‘third revolution’ in warfare, after conventional weapons and nuclear weapons, lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWS) will be unpredictable on the battlefield. Continuer à lire … « Is Africa ready for weapons that call their own shots? »

China in bid to extend Africa trade success into military sphere

2019/03/02 – China’s controversial investment initiatives in Africa have overshadowed its military presence on the continent. And that aspect of Chinese involvement is sizeable and expanding, according to a US Defence Department think-tank.

Several little-noted deployments of Chinese forces in Africa have followed the adoption of a law in 2015 permitting the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to operate in other countries. Continuer à lire … « China in bid to extend Africa trade success into military sphere »

Sudan/Libya – Khartoum meeting discusses Libya’s border security

2018/02/12 – Since 2012, Libya’s six neighbouring counties have met with increasing regularity to assess the situation there. Ministers from the six met in Niamey last April and are to meet there in December for a scheduled update on the subject.However, a November 29 regional meeting in Khartoum had a more specific aim. Foreign ministers from Libya, Sudan and Egypt and UN Special Envoy Ghassan Salame, as well as junior foreign ministers of Tunisia and Algeria, attended the meeting. Also present were representatives from Chad, the Arab League, the European Union and the African Union. Continuer à lire … « Sudan/Libya – Khartoum meeting discusses Libya’s border security »

Djibouti – France clears MMP missile for desert operations #Sahel #Barkhane

2018/23/10 – The French Army has carried out operational evaluation of the MMP land combat missile system in Djibouti, to assess the weapon’s suitability for use in semi-desert conditions. Continuer à lire … « Djibouti – France clears MMP missile for desert operations #Sahel #Barkhane »

Russia/Africa – Delegations From Africa Participate In Russian Military Technical Forum – OpEd #Defense

2018/08/31 – About twenty military delegations (groups) from Africa participated in the International Military-Technical forum «ARMY-2018» organised by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation in Kubinka, located approximately 280 km from Moscow.

The «ARMY-2018» received about 120 official delegations from foreign countries and featured nearly 150 events as part of its scientific business programme. The annual games allow the different world forces to improve their efficiency, knowledge and friendship. The army extravaganza, billed the Olympics of the Military World, now in its fourth year. Continuer à lire … « Russia/Africa – Delegations From Africa Participate In Russian Military Technical Forum – OpEd #Defense »

UK/Africa – I’m not leaving until you’ve bought some missiles, May tells Africa #Defence #Military

2018/08/29 – THERESA May has vowed not to leave Africa until everyone has bought at least one British missile.

The prime minister feels her dreary personality and toe-curling dancing are a powerful incentive for Africans to buy high-tech weapons they have no use for. Continuer à lire … « UK/Africa – I’m not leaving until you’ve bought some missiles, May tells Africa #Defence #Military »

Boko Haram: Nigeria appeals for earlier delivery of Tucano aircraft by U.S. firm

2018/08/29 – The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Sadique Abubakar, has appealed to the manufacturers of the A-29 Super Tucano Attack Aircraft, to expedite action on its  delivery  to Nigeria.

Mr Abubakar said this when Taco Gilbert, the Senior Vice – President of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), manufacturer of the aircraft, visited him in Abuja. Continuer à lire … « Boko Haram: Nigeria appeals for earlier delivery of Tucano aircraft by U.S. firm »