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    Post  George1 on Fri Jan 02, 2015 5:00 pm

    Nigeria to buy Russian fighter jets

    Nigeria will buy arms from Russia to compensate for western nations' refusal to sell the African country much-needed weapons.

    "Nigeria has officially reached an arms deal with Russian authorities," a senior military officer told The Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the media on the subject.

    According to the officer, a high-level Nigerian delegation led by the air force chief and national security adviser travelled to Russia last week to negotiate the deal.

    "Our team returned to Nigeria on Thursday after a four-day trip," he said.

    "Russia has now agreed to supply us with arms," asserted the officer. "Henceforth, we are hopeful of getting arms from Russia."

    Nigeria is battling a five-year insurgency by the Boko Haram militant group in the country's northeastern region, where more than 13,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed and the local economy brought to its knees.

    An emboldened Boko Haram recently stepped up its deadly attacks and seized several areas across Adamawa, Borno and Yobe – the three states worst hit by the insurgency – declaring them part of a self-styled "Islamic caliphate."

    There have been complaints that Nigerian troops are using "obsolete" arms while insurgents employ sophisticated weapons.

    The Nigerian military is reportedly seeking fighter jets and modern arms to tilt the balance in its favor.

    "Basically, what we are buying from Russia are fighter jets," said the army officer.

    "Light arms, especially guns of varying powers, can be procured from the black market; but you cannot buy fighter jets from the black market," he explained.

    "A war can last many years, if not decades, if both sides rely solely on light arms, which you can get from the black market. In modern warfare, you need air power to establish superiority," said the officer.

    Nigerian defense spokesman Chris Olukolade did not respond to AA's requests for comment.

    Boko Haram, which first emerged in the early 2000s preaching against government misrule and corruption, became violent after the death of its leader in 2009 while in police custody.

    The notorious group has been officially outlawed in Nigeria, Turkey and the United States.

    Old allies

    Nigeria turned to Russia after failing for months to convince western countries, especially the U.S., to supply it with arms.

    "We had to turn to Russia for arms since the U.S. refuses to sell us arms anymore," the senior military officer told AA.

    "No country will be allowed to hold us for ransom," he said.

    In a recent interview with AA, Nigerian presidential spokesman Reuben Abati said his country was ready to seal a counterinsurgency cooperation deal with any country willing to help its battle against Boko Haram.

    It is not the first time Russia and Nigeria have had a defense arrangement.

    The now-defunct Soviet Union had supplied arms to Nigeria during the country's 30-month civil war with renegade Biafra soldiers.

    Most western nations sat on the fence during the conflict.

    The U.S. a few days ago announced it was discontinuing training for the Nigerian military, a decision Washington said had come at Nigeria's request.

    The U.S. described the Nigerian decision as "regrettable."

    Nigeria-U.S. relations have foundered recently following American criticisms of Nigeria's handling of the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency.

    U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria James Entwistle exacerbated the problem three months ago when he publicly said his country would not sell arms to Nigeria due to fears of human rights abuses by the country's security agencies.

    Tempers flared again in November when a top Nigerian envoy to the U.S. brazenly accused Washington of sabotaging Nigeria's counterinsurgency efforts by refusing to sell it much-needed arms.
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    Post  George1 on Tue Mar 17, 2015 12:58 am

    Rosoboronexport Presented UAZ Vehicle to First President of Namibia

    The first president of Namibia, Sam Nujoma in honor of the 25th anniversary of independence of the Republic received a gift from “Rosoboronexport” – the vehicle UAZ-3151, the press service of “Rosoboronexport” reports.

    “Rosoboronexport”, part of the state corporation “Rostec”, on the eve of the 25th anniversary of independence of the Republic of Namibia donated to the country’s first president Sam Nujoma the UAZ-3151,” was said in a statement received by the Interfax-AVN on Monday.

    It notes that the keys of the car made in a special version, designed for military parades and other celebrations, has been awarded by the representatives of “Rosoboronexport” to S.Nuoyome in the presence of Russian Ambassador to Namibia Alexander Khudin.

    The press service reminded that “Rosoboronexport” in 2014 signed the first in 12 years contract with Namibia for the supply of Russian military products. The main nomenclature of the contracted property – small arms weapons for special units, mortars, antitank weapons, automotive equipment, ammunition and training equipment.
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    Re: Sub-Saharan African arms market for Russia

    Post  George1 on Tue Nov 10, 2015 1:28 pm

    "Helicopters of Russia" discuss with African countries for repair of Mi-17s in service


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    Re: Sub-Saharan African arms market for Russia

    Post  George1 on Sat Dec 26, 2015 5:28 pm

    Equatorial Guinea plans to buy BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles from Russia - manufacturer

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    Re: Sub-Saharan African arms market for Russia

    Post  max steel on Tue Jan 05, 2016 9:18 pm

    Ghana to get Mi-35 helicopter

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    Re: Sub-Saharan African arms market for Russia

    Post  George1 on Thu Feb 04, 2016 12:59 am

    Russia to Oust 'Shady’ Soviet Military Equipment Repair Plans in Africa

    Russia plans to stamp out "shady" repair and upgrade plans for Soviet-era military equipment offered to African nations, a high-ranking official in the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia plans to stamp out "shady" repair and upgrade plans for Soviet-era military equipment offered to African nations, a high-ranking official in the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

    "We have the ability to push aside the ‘gray schemes’ offered by our competitors from Eastern Europe, Ukraine and China in repairing and modernizing Soviet (Russian) military equipment," the FSMTC official said.

    The official stressed that African clients understand that repairs must be carried out legitimately.

    "They want to work with Russia. Many African countries have refused, for example, to work with Ukraine because of the poor quality of the parts [they supply]. This relates to helicopter and aircraft equipment, [and] air defense systems," the FSMTC official specified.

    The official added that the continent’s rich hydrocarbon resources could be used to settle payments under repair agreements.

    Rosoboronexport, Russia’s state arms exporter, said in January that it had received orders exceeding $22 billion in 2015 from foreign partners, noting growing interest in the Middle East and North Africa.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/africa/20160203/1034168890/africa-history-military-russia.html#ixzz3zAK3azPe


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    Re: Sub-Saharan African arms market for Russia

    Post  Militarov on Thu Mar 17, 2016 11:30 pm

    Cameroon got delviered 2 Hinds during February.



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    Re: Sub-Saharan African arms market for Russia

    Post  George1 on Fri Mar 18, 2016 12:37 am

    Nice colour!!


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    Re: Sub-Saharan African arms market for Russia

    Post  Militarov on Sat Apr 30, 2016 1:05 pm

    Not exactly new equipment but Ethiopians are mounting Nevas on T55s same as Cubans did, probably with limited Russian aid:





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    Re: Sub-Saharan African arms market for Russia

    Post  Viktor on Sat Aug 20, 2016 2:24 am

    Nice thumbsup

    Nigeria will receive 12 Mi-35M helicopters
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    Re: Sub-Saharan African arms market for Russia

    Post  George1 on Tue Sep 13, 2016 1:36 pm

    Russian arms exporter's contracts with African countries stand at above $21 bln

    Rosoboronexport has established lasting military-technical ties with Angola, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Mali, Uganda and other countries

    MOSCOW, September 13. /TASS/. Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport’s contracts with African countries currently stand at above $21 billion, an adviser to Rosoboronexport’s CEO, Yuri Demchenko, has said.

    Rosobornoexport will participate in the international weapons show Africa Aerospace and Defense-2016, to be held in Pretoria, South Africa, on September 14-18.

    "We keep building up proactive cooperation with a majority of countries in northern Africa and with states south of the Sahara desert. The overall value of orders for Russian military products the African countries account for exceeds $21 billion," said Demchenko, who leads Rosoboronexport’s delegation to the weapons show.

    Rosoboronexport, he said, has established lasting military-technical ties with Angola, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Mali, Uganda and other countries. Of late, there was good progress towards closer contacts with Namibia, Nigeria, Cameroon, Mozambique, Tanzania and Equatorial Guinea.

    "Rosoboronexport specialists expect foreign delegations may display great interest in the combat and training plane Yakovlev-130, helicopter gunship Mi-28NE, military transport plane Ilyushin-76MD-90A, and helicopter gunship Mi-35. Of considerable interest to visitors will be the diesel-electric submarine of project 636 and armored personnel carrier BTR-82A," Rosoboronexport’s press-service has said. For the first time ever the Russian arms exporter will display a multimedia virtual reality simulator project for the reconnaissance and attack helicopter Ka-52.

    Earlier, last March, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting of the commission for military-technical cooperation with foreign states that Russia’s military hardware export contracts had reached $56 billion. The head of the corporation Rostec Sergey Chemezov said that Russia in January-August 2016 exported more than $7 billion of military products.


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    Re: Sub-Saharan African arms market for Russia

    Post  George1 on Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:30 pm

    Russia to export helicopters to four African countries in 2016-2017

    Mil Mi-8/17 and Mi-24/35 helicopters will be supplied to Angola, Mali, Nigeria and Sudan


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    Re: Sub-Saharan African arms market for Russia

    Post  George1 on Wed Sep 21, 2016 1:17 am

    Russia to sell Sudan 170 T-72 tanks

    The newspaper "The News" September 20, 2016 published an article by Nicholas Surkov and Aleksei Ranma "Russia sells Sudan 170 T-72 tanks. The whole party will be taken by the Ministry of Defense warehouses and delivered in the shortest possible time", in which it is reported that Russia and Sudan agreed on delivery of a large batch tanks. According to a source of "Izvestia", Khartoum in the near future will receive 150 main battle tanks (MBT) T-72. Another 20 such machines will be delivered to the parts to the main batch. The tanks will be delivered "from the presence of" the Ministry of Defense, which means a relatively short implementation time of the transaction. According to "Izvestia" another source in the Defense Ministry, the work on the preparation of the party fighting vehicles, designed to be sent to Sudan, has already begun. Interviewed experts believe that the deal will allow the Russian defense oust competitors in the Sudanese armor market.



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    Re: Sub-Saharan African arms market for Russia

    Post  George1 on Fri Apr 14, 2017 1:52 am

    Mi-35M Helicopter for Mali



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    Re: Sub-Saharan African arms market for Russia

    Post  George1 on Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:40 am

    The first two Mi-35M helicopters in Nigeria - the first delivery of 2017

    According to the chief of staff (commander) of the Nigerian Air Force Marshal of Aviation Saddique Abubakar, two Mi-35M helicopters were delivered to Nigeria in the early days of January 2017.

    Under the contract in 2014 in Nigeria will be delivered 12 of these helicopters - more http://bmpd.livejournal.com/2076839.html



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