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The military spending of the African continent increases

The military spending of the African continent increases

Major global defense companies have been eyeing the African continent for a long time. Moreover, they are very active in the struggle for local military markets. And this is not surprising, because most experts predict that in the next decade, the costs of African states for the purchase of military equipment and weapons will exceed 20 billions of dollars. The reason for the increase in expenditures lies primarily in the fact that the military equipment that is in service with the continent is gradually becoming obsolete, failing, state budgets are gradually being filled with funds, and the number of regional threats is constantly increasing.

The African continent is the undisputed leader in the number of local crises and armed conflicts. Even in spite of the fact that in recent times certain changes have been noted in traditionally “hot” regions, in general the situation is very far from stability, since new conflicts are replacing one. The main feature of the military-political situation on the African continent is the active secret movement weapons through the territories of neighboring states. As a result, many more countries are involved in conflicts than it might seem from the outside. Therefore, many African states are currently engaged in the inventory of existing weapons and equipment, the formation of programs for the repair and modernization of military equipment, in some cases - plans are being made to purchase new types of equipment.

Among the African states that are most actively developing their military programs, it is necessary to name Angola, Libya, Zimbabwe, Morocco, Sudan, Nigeria, Mozambique. However, besides them, all states of the continent are potentially interested in the import of weapons and military equipment, because there are not so many of their own military production.

According to some military experts, in particular, Colonel retired from Zimbabwe, Joseph Sibanda, the military spending of the African continent will increase, and this is inevitable, because the fight against terrorism and Islamist rebel organizations has intensified.

In addition, the military departments of many African states, including Kenya, Libya, Sudan, South Africa and Algeria, have already made a statement that it is necessary to increase the combat power and mobility of their armies. Despite the fact that the experts are not voicing exactly what the estimate of the growth of military spending is based on, experts from the Stockholm Institute for Peace Studies released information that Africa’s military spending exceeded the 20 billion mark back in 2002. Since then, these expenses have been increasing annually by 1,5 billion dollars.

Only in the last year, 2012, according to the institute, African states have spent more than 38 billions of dollars on military needs. This figure is very approximate, since many countries of the continent simply do not provide such information, or they represent it, but in a very distorted form.

African states are currently in greatest need of aviation and armored ground equipment that can be used to protect state borders, mineral deposits. In addition, this technique is very necessary for the fight against various terrorist groups and organizations.

For example, at the beginning of 2013, Ukraine delivered four BTR-3E armored personnel carriers, which were produced in Kiev, to a mechanical-repair factory in Nigeria. These cars are used to perform tasks of the local federal police. Armored personnel carriers are equipped with turrets with a 12,7-mm machine gun. Recall earlier (namely in 2006-2007) Nigeria had already received armored personnel carriers from Ukraine - the BTR-3UN / UK / E in the number of 47 units. More recently, in August 2013, it was reported that Sudan had bought from the Russian Federation 16 multipurpose helicopters Mi-8 and 24 shock Mi-24. In addition, earlier the same state bought from Russia 6 Mi-8 and 12 Mi-24 helicopters. In Belarus, Sudan purchased the 15 advanced Su-25 / UB and 12 Su-24 bombers.

True, according to experts, for the countries of the African continent, it is not the procurement of weapons and military equipment that will be much more important, but rather the conclusion of agreements with various states on military-technical cooperation. Despite the fact that the military expenditures of the African countries are gradually increasing, the struggle for the local arms market has developed only in the last few years.

The limited finances of most African countries, the low potential capacity of the arms market of some of them led to the impossibility of using various forms of military-technical cooperation. And in most cases we are not talking about the purchase of new types of weapons and equipment, but about the repair and restoration work of the previously supplied equipment. The purchase of new weapons, as a rule, involves only small arms, ammunition and dual-purpose equipment (trucks, helicopters).

Therefore, it can be considered a great success that, to date, African defense enterprises have entered into agreements on joint development, as well as joint production of weapons and equipment with major global companies, in particular from Malaysia, France, Russia, Brazil, China, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Germany, UK, Ukraine, United States of America and Switzerland. Now the largest player in the African arms market is the Republic of South Africa, however, judging by military experts, in the coming years, Western, Northern and Eastern African countries can enter the world arms market.

As for the agreements already concluded, first of all it is necessary to mention that in August of this year, an agreement was signed between the South African company Truvelo Armory and the American Colt Defense, according to which South Africa is supposed to produce an almost complete line of Colt small arms for the needs of the local army and the regional police. In addition, a similar agreement was concluded between the South African company Denel and B&T from Switzerland. This document assumes the licensed production of 9-mm machine guns-pistols MP9 and their modifications, the production of single-shot 40-mm GL-06 grenade launchers and magazines for small arms for 30 and 15 rounds.

In addition to these agreements, an agreement was signed between African Denel Aviation and Eurocopter concern, which provides for the repair and maintenance of AS350 Ecureuil and Alouette helicopters, Bo 105 and AS332 Super Puma, of which there are about two and a half hundreds in Africa. In March of this year, a service center was opened in the Republic of South Africa, which is a joint venture of the same company Denel and the Russian concern Russian Helicopters. Service will be engaged in repair and maintenance of aircraft Ka-32 and helicopters Mi-8 and Mi-17, which in Africa currently has about six hundred units.

In addition, Denel has entered into a contract with another aircraft manufacturing concern from Europe - Airbus - on the joint production of certain units and parts for the promising military transport aircraft machine A400M Atlas. According to official data, the cost of the agreement is estimated at several billion dollars.

I must say that contracts were also signed for the supply and joint production of armored vehicles between the Serbian companies Krusik, MTI, Prvi Partizan, Sloboda and the Libyan, Algerian and Egyptian defense enterprises. In particular, the Lazar BVT armored vehicle and Nora B-155 52 self-propelled artillery systems are supposed to be produced.

It is worth mentioning another contract that was concluded between the company Tawazun Holdings from the UAE and Algeria, according to which the company from the Emirates plans to build a plant for the production of armored vehicles NIMR in the partner’s territory. It is assumed that these machines will be supplied not only to the Algerian army and law enforcement agencies, but also to the armed forces of all North African states.

It is safe to talk about the feasibility of expanding imports and joint production of weapons on the African continent, because there are objective prerequisites for this: the moral and physical obsolescence of military equipment and the inability to independently strengthen the material and technical base of the armed forces, the inefficiency of national military design bureaus costs, the almost complete absence in the region of military programs aimed at the introduction of high technologies, s in many African countries, inter-ethnic conflicts.

Thus, it is obvious that the development of military-technical cooperation of the African continent with the world states will provide an opportunity to strengthen the economy of the region, which is very unstable. This can be achieved due to the fact that the majority of signed agreements on joint production implies not only the supply of products to the country in which the company is located, but also to other states. And if we take into account that the global arms market is constantly increasing, then it is quite possible to talk about the possibility of permanent replenishment of the state budget by suppliers. In addition, thanks to the construction of new defense enterprises in the African continent, new jobs will appear, and, accordingly, the activity and economic employment of the local population will increase. In addition, the emergence of new joint ventures will lead to foreign investment. As a result, it can be expected that in ten years the African arms market will yield very little to the similar markets in the Middle East or Southeast Asia.

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  1. xetai9977
    xetai9977 2 September 2013 08: 43
    Africa is Klondike for arms manufacturers. But at the same time, it’s a very specific market. You can’t make money on high-tech samples, it’s expensive. And on the contrary, you can make very good money on used and slightly modernized old samples.
    1. Aryan
      Aryan 2 September 2013 10: 26
      their helmets are cool laughing
      1. tilovaykrisa
        tilovaykrisa 2 September 2013 11: 05
        It would be better if the fruit plates were worn on the heads and the land was sown.
      2. APASUS
        APASUS 2 September 2013 21: 40
        Quote: Aryan
        their helmets are cool

        Each nation has its own peculiarities ..... some boxes carry on their heads, others wives!
  2. Cormorants
    Cormorants 2 September 2013 09: 28
    How do they like to carry everything on their head laughing
    1. MilaPhone
      MilaPhone 2 September 2013 10: 04
      Quote: Cormorants
      How do they like to carry everything on their head

      Because it’s so convenient for them to bear the burdens.
      Women of the Kenyan Luo tribe, for example, are able to carry a load equal to almost 70% of their body weight. Studies by physiologists prove that carrying weights on the head is the most economical for the human body. And the laws of physics can serve as a confirmation of this - after all, moving a load at a constant speed on a horizontal surface, a person practically does not do work other than the friction force spent on overcoming it.
      And in order for it to take place, you must either carry the load with acceleration, or lift it. The latter option occurs when walking, when the body of a person rises and falls. So the main forces are spent on lifting the body and weight with each step. At the same time, the head rises and falls with less vertical amplitude than the whole body. Moreover, this feature was developed in an evolutionary way: the brain was protected from concussion, while a springy spine with a double bend served as a spring. Although, of course, training plays an important role in carrying loads on the head, which also develops a beautiful and smooth gait. "Around the world".
      And they say it helps with osteochondrosis.
      1. biglow
        biglow 2 September 2013 15: 32
        maybe only the head has another purpose ...
    2. Vladimirets
      Vladimirets 2 September 2013 10: 08
      Quote: Cormorants
      How do they like to carry everything on their head

      Cool unloading.
  3. smiths xnumx
    smiths xnumx 2 September 2013 09: 34
    All countries in the African Region are armed with:
    Sudan - Procurement
    Rwanda - purchase, apparently, in Israel of the former Israeli modernized T-55 tanks in the Tiran 5 Shin configuration with 105-mm M68 guns, as well as Ratel wheeled armored personnel carriers equipped with Kharkov-made BAU-23x2 combat modules with two 23A 2A7 guns.
    Angola - the creation of its own defense industry as part of a course to reduce dependence on imports of finished military products and strengthen the national economy. Angola is named among the owners of the largest defense budgets in Africa ($ 6,1 billion in 2013). Brazil is close to concluding a contract for the supply of new patrol ships to Angola, the project of which was developed by the state-owned enterprise Empresa Gerencial de Projetos Navais (EMGEPRON). There is also a contract for six light Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano combat training aircraft, three of which were delivered in July 2013.
    One of the first three Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano combat training aircraft (Angolan tail number R-702) officially transferred to the Angola Air Force on July 12, 2013.
    1. smiths xnumx
      smiths xnumx 2 September 2013 10: 00
      Arms purchase by Angola:
      In 1993, from the presence of the Belarusian Armed Forces, 21 BPM-1 armored vehicles were delivered to Angola, another 29 BMP-1s and 24 T-62 tanks from Bulgaria, 7 BMP-2 armored vehicles from the Czech Republic, 20 T-62 tanks, 14 artillery systems delivered from Russia M-46 and 31 BMP-1. In 1994, Russia delivered another 10 T-62s and 138 BMP-1s to Angola. In 1994 - 1995 52 Poland BMP-2s were delivered from Poland to Angola, 9 OT-64Z armored personnel carriers and 40 RM-70 MLRS from Slovakia, and three Casspir armored vehicles from South Africa in 1995.
      Ukraine in 1996 delivered two Mi-24B helicopters to Angola. In 1996 - 1998. Ukraine supplied the anti-government organization UNITA with 6 Mi-24Bs and 6 MiG-23 fighter-bombers. According to SIPRI, 1994-1999. in terms of military spending, Angola ranked second after South Africa among the countries of Black Africa. About 1 - 1,5 billion dollars were spent annually on the needs of the Angolan armed forces. In 1997, the Angolan armed forces received from Russia 12 MiG-23 fighter-bombers and 6 Mi-17 helicopters. Another 6 Russian MiG-23s were delivered to Angola the following year, 1998, together with 65 infantry fighting vehicles. In 1997 - 1998 7 BMP-1 from Belarus and MLRS BM-21 from Kazakhstan and Belarus were delivered to Angola. USA, 1997 - 1998 handed over to Angola two military transport aircraft S-130 Hercules. In 1999, an unknown number of T-72 tanks, Ukraine, were delivered from Russia to Angola, delivered 3 Mi-35P helicopters and 31 BMP-2 helicopters to the Angolan armed forces.
      At the end of 2000, Angola announced plans to acquire from Russia 22 Su-24 bombers for $ 120 million. Regarding the implementation of this contract, official information is not available, but according to unconfirmed reports, in early 2001 the Angolan Air Force nevertheless received a Su-24 batch.
      In 2000 - 2002, 6 Russian Mi-171Bs manufactured by the Kazan Helicopter Plant and two Ukrainian Mi-24s were delivered to Angola. In addition, in 2003, Ukraine delivered 11 BTR-80s to the Angolan aircraft.

      One of the first three Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano combat training aircraft (Angolan tail number R-702) officially transferred to the Angola Air Force on July 12, 2013.
      1. smiths xnumx
        smiths xnumx 2 September 2013 10: 04
        Arms purchase by Sudan:
        Belarus delivered 12 Su-24M front-line bombers to Sudan. Sudan also received 13 Su-25 attack aircraft and two Su-25UB from Belarus in 2008-2010 from Belarus.
        Sudan Air Force Su-24M Frontline Bomber Delivered from Belarus

        In 2011, Rosoboronexport OJSC entered into a contract for the supply of 12 Mi-24 and six Mi-8MT to Sudan, taken from the presence of the Russian Air Force and undergoing repairs with modernization. In May 2013, during the HeliRussia exhibition, Sudan signed new contracts with Rosoboronexport for the supply of an additional batch of 12 Mi-24 helicopters and 12 Mi-8MT helicopters with the possibility of increasing this number to 18 units for each type.
        Combat helicopter Mi-24P of the Sudanese Air Force (tail number "950"). Presumably, the car was delivered from Russia in 2011 or 2012.

        During 2010-2012, Ukraine, according to the data it provided to the UN Register of Conventional Arms, delivered a total of 110 T-72M1 tanks to Sudan (in fact, as can be judged, this refers to the T-72A from the presence with the installation of the mounted explosive reactive armor "Contact- 1 "), 60 T-55M tanks, 30 BMP-1, 10 BRDM-2, 41 self-propelled howitzer 2S1 of 122 mm caliber, 30 combat vehicles MLRS BM-21 Grad 122 mm, and one modernized armored personnel carrier BTR-70Di in the form of a command and staff vehicle. True, an attempt to sell 120 BTR-3E1 to Sudan ended in failure.
        The agreement concluded at the end of 2001 provided for the delivery to Sudan of 10 MiG-29SE fighters and two MiG-29UB combat trainers, as well as various types of special property. The first batch of two cars was delivered to Sudan in December 2003, and already in July 2004 it was announced that the contract was ahead of schedule.
        Supplies were not limited to fighter supplies; according to the UN Register, in 2002 - 2006 Russia supplied the Sudan with 26 combat helicopters (most likely Mi-17 and Mi-24) and 8 infantry fighting vehicles. Thus, Russia managed to become the second largest arms supplier to Sudan after China. According to the Amnesty International human rights organization, in 2005 China provided Khartoum with $ 24 million firearms and ammunition, K-8 fighters and flight simulators for training pilots for $ 54 million and helicopters for $ 2 million. In turn, the total amount the supply of Russian weapons in 2005 amounted to about 34 million dollars.

        In 2007, Belarus sold to Sudan two BTR-70s, upgraded to the level of "Cobra K2K" and "Cobra K2". In 2004, Belarus delivered to Sudan 21 BRDM-2, 7 BTR-80, 10 BTR-70 and 1 BMP- 1. In 2003, Sudan purchased from Belarus 9 BMP-2, 39 BRDM-2, 32 units of various artillery systems. In 2002, Belarus sold 14 units of various artillery systems to Sudan.
        1. smiths xnumx
          smiths xnumx 2 September 2013 10: 25
          Uganda - purchase of 8 Su-30, 44 T-90S. Uganda also sent six MiG-21 fighters to Russia for modernization.
          In 1998, the Uganda Air Force received 28 MiG-21/23 fighters, as well as several Mi-171V helicopters. In 2003, the Ugandan forces received another 3 combat helicopters from Russia, and in 2005 the Mi-172 helicopter in the VIP modification for the country's president. In 2009, Belarus delivered 23 T-55 tanks to Uganda,
          Su-30MK2 Uganda Air Force.

          Ethiopia 200 modernized T-72s in Ukraine, Chinese armored personnel carriers WZ551, SAM TY-90, Israeli armored vehicles Gaia Thunder Mk I.
          In the summer of 1998, Ethiopia received materiel through Rosvooruzhenie for the reconstruction of the MiG-21MF and MiG-23BN. In total, in 1998, the Ethiopian aircraft received from Russia 6 Su-27SK fighter-interceptors and 2 Su-27UB (thus becoming the first importer of the Su-27 on the African continent), 4 Mi-24 helicopters, several Mi-17 and 12 gun mounts. Another 10 MiG-21s were received from Romania, 4 military transport “Hercules” from the USA, 50 T-55 tanks from Bulgaria and 40 T-55 from Belarus.
          In 1999, several Mi-17 helicopters (a total of 1998 vehicles of this model were delivered to Ethiopia between 1999 and 8) and 20 artillery guns, including 10 ACS 2S3 Akatsiya. Bulgaria supplied Ethiopia with another 90 T-55 tanks. Ethiopia also purchased 4 Su-25 attack aircraft from Russia, and from Ukraine - 3 Kolchuga intelligence systems. These weapons arrived in Ethiopia already in 2000 - as well as a huge batch of Russian artillery pieces (307 units according to the UN Register).
          According to SIPRI in 2000-2004. the volume of deliveries of Russian weapons to Ethiopia reached 427 million dollars.

          Ethiopian fighter Su-27
          1. smiths xnumx
            smiths xnumx 2 September 2013 10: 34
            In 1996, the first 4 Russian combat helicopters were delivered there. Another 6 combat helicopters were handed over to Russia by Eritrea the following year, 1997. In 1996 - 1997 in addition to Russian helicopters, she received 4 military transport aircraft Y-11 from China and 6 training aircraft MB-339C from Italy. In addition, in 1998 - 1999. Eritrea received a large batch of small arms from Ukraine, multiple launch rocket systems worth $ 50 million from Romania and ammunition from Bulgaria.
            In 1999, 4 Mi-17s and about 200 Igla MANPADS were delivered there to combat Ethiopian aviation. However, Eritrea was not limited to arms purchases from Russia; in 1998 - 1999 Eritrean Air Force received 8 Su-25 attack aircraft from Georgia, 6 MiG-21 fighters from Moldova, 8 L-90TP trainers from Finland and one military transport aircraft from Israel.
            Eritrea in 2001 - 2004 received from Russia 4 MiG-29 fighters under the 1998 contract defrosted after lifting the embargo and 3 Mi-171 helicopters in a civilian version. In 2005, a contract was signed for the supply of another batch of civilian helicopters. In addition, another combat aircraft (apparently, the Su-27) was received by Eritrea in 2002 from Ukraine.


            In 199, 30 130 mm M-46 cannons were purchased from Bulgaria. In 2004, Eritrea purchased 150 T-55s from Bulgaria, which were delivered the following year. In 2005, 10 BTR-60PB and 20 2S1 Gvozdika were purchased from Bulgaria. In 2007, Belarus sold nine Hurricane multiple launch rocket systems to Eritrea.
            Eritrean MiG-29 fighter
            1. smiths xnumx
              smiths xnumx 2 September 2013 11: 07
              In 2000 - 2001 Nigeria bought a large batch of Russian helicopters: 6 Mi-35 and 9 Mi-34S. In 2006-2007, the Nigerian Army delivered 47 BTR-3E vehicles to Ukraine. Among the delivered 47 units were 30 linear BTR-3UN (with single turrets with a 12,7 mm NSVT machine gun), six command and staff vehicles BTR-3UK, four armored repair and recovery vehicles BTR-3UR and seven BTR-3E (armed 14,5 mm machine guns). Nigerian police delivered 13 BTR-3E. In 201, under a 2005 contract, the Nigerian Air Force adopted 15 F-7 aircraft manufactured by the Chinese company Chengdu (Chinese clone MiG-21.
              The Nigerian Air Force also adopted two ATR-42MP marine patrol aircraft and the Agusta / Westland light multi-purpose AW-109 helicopters. The contract for the supply of two ATR-42MP aircraft, ground equipment, spare parts, training and logistics services of the Nigerian Defense Ministry signed with Alenia Aeronautics in March 2007. The first ATR-42MP company handed over to the Nigerian Air Force in December 2009. The second aircraft was delivered in March of this year. The ATR-42MP is equipped with a marine version of Selex Galileo’s ATOS tactical surveillance and reconnaissance system. Earlier, as part of a fleet modernization program, a fleet of five military transport aircraft G-222 of the Nigerian Air Force received one additional aircraft of this type from the Italian Air Force, restored by Alenia Aeronautics. It is expected that 12 combat training aircraft MB-339A, restored to version MB-339CD, will be put into service under a contract signed in 2006 with Alia Aermacchi



              Nigeria also received in 2007 from China 40 thousand Kalashnikov assault rifles. In 2006, 193 light COBRA armored personnel carriers were purchased from OTOKAR Otobus Karoseri Sanayi AS, a Turkish company.
              BTR-3UN Nigeria Army supplies 2006-2007.
              1. smiths xnumx
                smiths xnumx 2 September 2013 11: 45
                In 2006, a contract was signed with Ukraine for the supply of 110 modernized T-72AG tanks, delivered in 2008 (the case with "Faina"). In 2012, Kenya received three "helicopter gunships" - presumably of the Mi-35 type) and the first eight reconnaissance vehicles, referred to as "BRDM-3" ("BRDM-3 reconnaissance vehicles" - the true type is unclear). The contract for the purchase of 88 of these armored vehicles worth 8,9 billion Kenyan shillings ($ 105,6 million) was signed in August 2011, the first eight vehicles were received at the end of 2011. Three combat helicopters received from Russia were transferred on January 3, 2012 to the 50th Air Cavalry Division (battalion), which unites the Kenyan army aviation. According to a high-ranking Kenyan officer quoted by the newspaper, the contract for their delivery was signed with Rosoboronexport "several years ago" and the helicopters arrived in the last days of December 2011 and the first days of January 2012. The newspaper also reports that at the end of 2011, Kenya began negotiations on the acquisition of 16 Mi-28 combat helicopters to re-equip the said 50th Air Cavalry Division. also purchased 35 Chinese armored personnel carriers WZ551 and 4 attack helicopters Z-9WE. In 1997, 11 Harbin Y-12 transport aircraft. In 2000 - 2001 4 Mi-17 civilian modifications were purchased. The Kenyan Armed Forces also purchased from Serbia 30 NORA B-155 self-propelled 52-mm howitzers based on KAMAZ 63501 with 8x8 wheel arrangement and control vehicles based on the BOV M11 armored personnel carrier. 150 MRAP PUMA M26-15 purchased in South Africa.
                SIPRI also claims that Kenya acquired 11 BM-21 MLRSs during this period. The Swedish organization put Kenya in eighth place in the procurement of weapons among countries in southern Africa. According to SIPRI, 8 grenade launchers, 655 machine guns and 550 machine guns from Ukraine were imported to Kenya in 44500-2007.


                Kenya’s presence of recently purchased armored vehicles, Z-9 helicopters and F-5E fighter jets allowed it to prevent the penetration of Al-Shabab Somali extremists into its territory.
                self-propelled 155-mm howitzer NORA B-52 based on KAMAZ 63501 BC Kenya
                1. smiths xnumx
                  smiths xnumx 2 September 2013 12: 10
                  Democratic Republic of the Congo.
                  Delivery of 100 modernized T-72AG tanks by Ukraine in 2009, completed in December 2010. Delivery of 20 modernized BMP-2s by Ukraine in 2005 and in the same year 20 modernized T-55s. The contract also provided for the supply of 10 thousand units of ammunition for tanks, 60 anti-aircraft machine guns, 10 thousand Kalashnikov assault rifles and several hundred thousand different ammunition. Supply of 8 Su-25, 6 Mi-35 and 1 Mi-26 from Ukraine.
                  Earlier, the Democratic Republic of the Congo acquired four Su-25 aircraft from Georgia under a 1999 contract. These aircraft were manufactured by the Tbilisi Aviation Plant "Tbilaviamsheni" (TAM) - two in 1991 (serial numbers 22508110575 and 25508110578 - aircraft of the 10th series), and two others were completed by the plant in 1999 (serial numbers 25508110580 and 22508110581). The delivery of aircraft from Tbilisi to the DRC was carried out in late 1999 - early 2000, after which these four attack aircraft formed the basis of the combat potential of the DRC Air Force, based mainly on the Goma airfield. Flights on them were carried out by pilots hired in the CIS. The aircraft had the DRC Air Force side numbers FG-500 - FG-503. Two of these aircraft (FG-501 and FG-503) were lost as a result of flight accidents in December 2006 and June 2007, and in the first case, the pilot, a citizen of Belarus, O. Likhotkin, died. On two other aircraft (FG-500 and FG-502), repair and restoration work was carried out in the summer of 2011, and now these two attack aircraft are in flight condition. Apparently, the new FG-505 and FG-506 aircraft were purchased in Ukraine to replace the lost ones.


                  zlichnyh-istochnikov-24 /

                  Su-25 attack aircraft (tail number FG-505), which was repaired at the Zaporozhye State Aviation Repair Plant "MiGremont" and is intended for delivery to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Zaporozhye, 14.11.2012/XNUMX/XNUMX

                  Côte d'Ivoire
                  In 2004, Belarus delivered 2 Su-25 attack aircraft. In 2003, Belarus - 20 armored combat vehicles of various types, 16 units of various artillery systems. In 2002 - 12 BMP-1, 10 120-mm transportable mortars "Sani" and 2 Mi-24. All in violation of UN sanctions. Su-25 attack aircraft and Mi-24 combat helicopters were destroyed by fighters of the French Foreign Legion at the Yamoussoukro airfield in 2004, after air strikes on French positions by aircraft operated by Belarusian mercenaries.
                  Su-25UB attack aircraft of the Air Force of Cote d'Ivoire. After the impact on November 6, 2004
        2. Pimply
          Pimply 2 September 2013 12: 38
          Sudan is preparing to fuck South Sudan and the provinces.
  4. Landwarrior
    Landwarrior 2 September 2013 11: 08
    The colonialists dragged Africans against each other for many years. Now, having become independent, they simply act according to the old pattern. IMHO hi
    1. Pimply
      Pimply 2 September 2013 12: 39
      The Africans, before the colonialists, were slaughtered so that Mama did not cry.
      1. Landwarrior
        Landwarrior 2 September 2013 22: 37
        Yes, but look at how Africa is divided. On a ruler! Excluding any type of traditional nomadic and / or staying areas. If before the colonialists they grabbed hold of the Assegai for serious reasons, then after the "white master" left, any trifle leads to war.

  5. Cormorants
    Cormorants 2 September 2013 11: 39
    Quote: Aryan
    their helmets are cool laughing

    Here is the hand of Israeli instructors wassat
    1. Pimply
      Pimply 2 September 2013 12: 41
      Israeli military instructors in the 60s in Africa are a separate issue.
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    1. igor67
      igor67 2 September 2013 23: 48
      Special Forces soldier warlike dance before the fight
  7. biglow
    biglow 2 September 2013 15: 36
    while wars will be profitable they will earn on this. Until powerful leaders appear in Africa capable of taking control of all closely related peoples and tribes and creating large states, this endless war will continue, where everyone is against everyone.