Angola, Mali, Nigeria and Sudan will be acquiring Russian Mil Mi-8/17 medium multirole and Mi-24/35 attack helicopters by 2017.
Helicopters are the most sought military hardware in South Africa, said Yury Demchenko, the head of the delegation for Rosoboronexport, to the Africa Aerospace & Defense Expo, which opened in the South African Republic on Wednesday.
"In 2016-2017, we are considering exporting these helicopters to Angola, Mali, Sudan, Nigeria. Our position in the African helicopter market is solid, so we are optimistic about the prospects of cultivating it further," the delegation chief was quoted as saying by TASS.
Similarly Russia had exported their helicopters to exported to Angola, Sudan, Uganda and Rwanda in 2014 and 2016. Many African nations seek to buy inexpensive equipment, especially used ones, he added.
Russia’s military-technical cooperation with the African countries has been steadily increasing for the past few years. "By and large the share of Africa in the world export of weapons is relatively small. For instance sub-Saharan Africa accounts for about two percent." Demchenko said.
However, Russia believes that the African market is very promising for Russia. Partly, this is a result of rising threats from terrorists and pirates and also due to drug trafficking and illegal production of hydrocarbons and seafood. Besides, the African countries have increased their participation in regional and international peace keeping missions.
The exhibition in South Africa, which is being held from September 14 to 18, is the largest in Africa. According to the organizers, nearly 400 companies from 43 countries are taking part. The Russian delegation plans meetings with delegates from more than 25 countries in Africa, as well as delegations from a number of countries in Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Leonardo-Finmeccanica has won a contract to supply two Beechcraft King Air 350ER aircraft, including their mission systems and sensor load-outs, for an African customer. The aircraft will be equipped with the companys ATOS (airborne tactical observation and surveillance) mission system and a suite of sensors including the Leonardo Seaspray AESA surveillance radar, Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) transponder and interrogator, Link 11 datalink and an integrated mission management system
Kelvin Hughes has installed and commissioned SharpEye radar system on the South African Navys fleet replenishment ship, SAS Drakensberg. In addition to X and S Band SharpEye radars the system includes IMO compliant displays and a dedicated tactical display with Kelvin Hughes Advanced Agile Tracker for helicopter approach and control, the company said in a statement Thursday
An unnamed North African country has ordered 50 MiG-29M/M2s from Russia and will receive its first two fighter jets later this year. RAC MiG Deputy General Alexey Beskibalov was quoted as sayingby Ria Novosti that the deliveries are scheduled to complete by 2020
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has approved sale of up to 200 Hellfire air-to-ground missiles to France for use in Mali and North African operations. The $30 million sale also includes related military gear such as conversion kits, blast fragmentation sleeves, and installation kits and containers, were also approved
Four Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets, formerly flown by the Indian Air Force and returned to Russia in the early part of this decade, have be upgraded to Su-30KN standard and delivered to Angola in October this year. The aircraft were part of a 12 fighter jet deal worth an estimated $1 billion and were upgraded to the 'KN' standard in Belarus,
Russia will complete the contracted delivery of 12 modernized Su-30K fighter jets to Angola by early 2018. "So far, two [Su-30Ks have been delivered to Angola], there is a delivery schedule, and its fulfillment has been launched as for now
Russia and Angola are negotiating the purchase of six additional Su-30K fighters. Luanda will be able to increase its fleet and Moscow will be able to get rid of the aircraft returned by the India built in fulfilment of the contract signed in 1996-1998
United Nations committee has accused Ukraine of supplying weapons to South Sudan, pointing out to the case of Ilyunshinil-76 aircraft that was being transported to Uganda in January this year. The UN report has mentioned the case of an Ilyunshinil-76 aircraft that was transported from Ukraine to Uganda on January 27, 2017 and said the country is perpetuating the conflict in the East African country, now in its fourth year,
Sudan has ordered Six FTC-2000 jet trainers, which are the export version of China's JL-9 aircraft, from Guizhou Aircraft Industries Corporation (GAIC). The deal was disclosed by Guizhou Aircraft Industries Corporation (GAIC) director Wang Wenfei, during an interview with China Aviation News on 3 November
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