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This is a discussion on General African Defense discussion within the Geo-strategic Issues forum, part of the Global Defense & Military category; Six Su-30s with an option for another six, upgrade a small antiquated fighter force of MiG-23s and MiG-21s. The instability ...


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Old October 24th, 2012   #61
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Uganda buys fighters - dramatically upgrading their Air Force

Six Su-30s with an option for another six, upgrade a small antiquated fighter force of MiG-23s and MiG-21s.

The instability and conflicts in their neighbourhood dragging on and on has prompted them to increase defence spending drastically - funded by recent oil and gas discoveries.

See http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.ph...ace&Itemid=107
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Old October 26th, 2012   #62
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Uganda might also be in the market for more Hinds soon as it lost 3 Hinds in a single day in Kenya due to bad weather in August. There's a pic in last months Air Forces Monthly showing the pilot of one of the Hinds resting next to his badly damaged aircraft. He was a lucky one as a few others in the other Hinds were killed.
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Old October 28th, 2012   #63
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This acquisition probably puts the Ugandan Air Force in the dominant position in East Africa at least as far as air is concerned.
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Old October 29th, 2012   #64
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Ghana in West Africa is also expanding its military capability - particularly in the maritime domain.

See http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.ph...ity&Itemid=115

It seems like the piracy problem is getting some serious attention from African countries at last - the need to protect expanded oil exploration and production is also a factor.

In the case of West Africa it seems to me the resolution of conflicts in Liberia and Sierra Leone has created a "peace dividend" which is allowing countries such as Ghana and Nigeria to expand their defence capacity and replace obsolete equipment.
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Old November 5th, 2012   #65
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Their economies have been doing well recently, giving them more money to spend - and more to protect.
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Old November 12th, 2012   #66
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It appears that the circular objects or 'nostrils' are actually covers. The pic on the left shows the covers removed, revealing the MAWS.
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They are covers closing the holes where the MAWS would be if it was installed - but in the case of the SAAF that has not happened yet.
The first of your photos is not of a SAAF A109.
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No it belongs to the Malaysian army. The MAWs is from Saab Avitronics. On the South African A-109, what is that object sticking out above the centre of the canopy and below the nose? From comparing the photos it appears that the South African A-109s have a few extra bits and bobs fitted.
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Those are the cutters of the Wire Strike Prevention System.

This blog does a pretty good job of explaining - A career in helicopter aviation: Hazards to Helicopters
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News report - "AfriCom boss against large US military presence in Africa"

It appears that US AfriCom is one part of the US military establishment that understands the value of having a "light footprint".

http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.ph...ace&Itemid=111

I wonder if such an approach is feasible elsewhere (Far East, Oceania, Europe, Central and South America)?
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It appears that France have gone into action in Mali.

BBC News - France confirms Mali intervention
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(I'm sure we've all seen reports in general newspapers where they referred to frigates as "battleships") or they call any armoured vehicle a "tank".
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Further to my post of a few months ago, here is a recent news report confirming that "tread lightly" is official US AFRICOM policy.

DefenceWeb - US military to maintain low-key presence in Africa - official
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Around 15 US Marines are headed to Chad to provide training to park rangers in small-unit tactics, patrolling, tracking etc. to help fight poaching.

It's interesting as this sort of role is usually carried out by the US Special Forces, not the Marine Corps.
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Around 15 US Marines are headed to Chad to provide training to park rangers in small-unit tactics, patrolling, tracking etc. to help fight poaching.

It's interesting as this sort of role is usually carried out by the US Special Forces, not the Marine Corps.
Although aren't many MEUs now rated as SOF capable?
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