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Monday, 26 June 2017

Did Nigeria just buy 12 Su-30 Flanker or is the fake news?

The news clipping (Credits Officialdayo)
The recent article by Sputniks International reporting that Nigeria just purchased 12 Su-30 Super Flanker has sent military aviation lovers into commotion. The news has been received somewhat with hope while some took it with a pinch of salt. 

African Military Blog (A.M.B) is skeptic about the news simply because Nigeria has not shown any interest in the Super Flanker or any other Russian high performance jet in recent times. The highly reputable IHS Jane's Defence Weekly international news outlet published the news although clearly citing Sputniks as the source. Jane's however went further to state that:
The report did not identify the Su-30 variant that was being acquired by Nigeria, which was not previously known to be interested in the aircraft. The Nigerian Air Force was known to be lining up the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) JF-17 Thunder, but the finalisation of that deal has yet to be confirmed.
 A.M/B believes that this is an error by Sputnik since according to them, Nigeria has received two units of the jet earlier this year. However, the only Russian military aircraft Nigeria has received for the last few years is the Russian-made Mi-35 attack helicopter with further delivery still ongoing.

Some tweets concerning the news 
Nigeria has placed an order for about 2 Squadron of the Chinese/Pakistani PAC JF-17 Thunder fighter jet with three units to be delivered by the years end or early 2018. It would be a welcome development if the story eventually pans out as truth because Nigeria desperately need a capable air defence aircraft since her current F-7 fihter jets are ill equipped to deal with today's modern air warfare.  

The Su-30 is derived from the highly successful Sukhoi Su-27 flanker. It is a twin-engine super-maneuverable multi-role airplane built in Russian by the Sukhoi Aviation Corporation in 1996. It can perform a wide range of air-to-air and air-to-ground attack roles.

Readers what is your take on this event please comment your views below.


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Kenyan Air Force to buy the AT802L LONGSWORD.

The new aircraft was showcased in the Marrakesh airshow in Morocco last April 2016.
Kenyan Air Force has decided to go for the new re-branded AT802L Longsword Counter Insurgency aircraft having scrapped the deal it had with IOMAX Air Tractor Archangel aircraft. The Longsword spots a new redesigned wing which has been strengthened to enable it carry a larger amount of ordnance and extend the fatigue life to about 20 years. The new aircraft was showcased in the Marrakesh airshow in Morocco last April 2016. Just recently Kenya Air Force secretly bought and tested the 2 Bell AH-1 attack helicopter while also making attempts to buy the MD 530 F scout helicopter.

Kenya Air Force will acquire the aircraft with the new wings says L3’s Vice President  Pat Penland. He also said that his company is working round the clock to fulfill Kenya's Order since the country 'desperately' needs it to combat Al Shabbab terrorists and the aircraft order will be fulfilled within months. 

 According to him, the LONGSWORD is more optimized to deal with pirates, smugglers and terrorists." 

According to Mr. Penland, he said that the Kenyan Air Force is would acquire 12 armed LONGSWORDs and two Air Tractor AT 504s, a smaller version of the AT802L with a side by side cockpit, which will be used for training. The first set could be delivered within 18 months. 
The new features and armaments in the Longsword includes:
  1. A new enhanced glass cockpit
  2. Garmin G600 system
  3. Thales SCORPION Helmet Mounted Display
  4. Enhanced situational awareness
  5. Better field of view 
  6. MX-15D HD EO/IR turret with laser designator. 
  7. Dual screen Primary/Multifunction display
  8.  L3 ForceX Widow mission management system
  9.  A three-axis digital autopilot for better stability
  10. An air data computer and attitude/heading reference system
  11. Electronic Standby Instrument System.
  12. A digital intercommunication system
While newly added weapons includes
  1. HELLFIRE precision attack missile
  2. LAZU-19 rocket launchers
  3. 2.75in laser guided rockets,
  4. 500lb GBU-12 laser guided bombs
  5. Dillon 30 calibre gunpods


South Africa brings more Gripens out of storage, Chase Rhino poachers.

SAAF Gripens
As the world economic situation worsens, South African Air Force (SAAF) was forced to keep some of its SAAB JAS 39 Gripen in 'Active Storage'. The SAAF has 19 units and 9 two-seaters of the D model Gripens. About 12 of this were kept in storage as the ever dwindling defence budgets and increasing cuts could not afford to keep them in the air.

In a press briefing made in the Paris on June 18, by the Commanding Officer  in the 2nd squadron tasked with operating the Gripen, Lt Col Josias Mashaba said that all of the Gripen has been removed from storage and are currently in flight capable status. According to him, the primary reason for bringing the Gripens out of storage is due to low availability of aircrafts to undertake critical missions for SAAF. The Gripens are kept in the WaterKloof Air Force base, SA.

Current South Africa's defence budget is a meagre 0.9% of the GDP as opposed 2.9% in 1994 , this has put considerable strain of flight operation and combat readiness of the entire military force. However, Lt Col Josias did say that the SA Govt. is working on increasing defence spending to at-least 2.0% next year.

The SAAB JAS 39 Gripen has one of lowest operating cost in fighter jets of its class, its operating cost is about $6,300-$7,800 per hour as compared with the F-16 Falcon which has about $22,514 while the MiG-29 Fulcrum is around $30,000 both aircraft being in the same class with the Gripen.

A new role has been added to the Gripens already expanded roles-- it would begin assisting anti-poaching units in combating poachers. Although this might not exciting role for the Gripen pilots since it was designed primarily for combat but the Gripen jet with its potent panoply of advance sensor suites such as the Rafael Litening III targeting pods, Night Vision devices and communication gadgets would fly at night around the Zimbabwian borders where the poachers operate. 

SAAF acquired 28 D-model Gripen in 1999 which is currently their main combat aircraft. The Gripen was modernized with home-grown South Arican technology, a new datalink has been developed to be used on the Gripen known as the Link ZA. The Link ZA can share instanteneous data between the SAAF Lead In Fighter Trainer (LIFT) BAE Hawk, the Gripen and other allied air- and ground-stations.

South African And Its Nuclear Weapons Programme.

When Nuclear bombs or Nuclear weapons is mentioned most people usually get the idea that it's a topic for the major powerful nations like the U.S, China, Russia, India, Iran and more lately North Korea but that not the case. In our own African Backyard down south, South Africa developed and built actual working Nuclear bombs during the Apartheid era. Although, The South African Government at that time announced to the world that it have dismantled its nuclear bombs and discontinued its Nuclear weapon research and programme. South Africa is now currently a member of Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

In 1950, South African began studying the possibility of developing nuclear technology for peaceful use such as nuclear power production and for medical use. In 1973, Atomic  Energy Commission (AEC) pointed out the various benefits of having a nuclear program in the country- to make medical isotopes et al. Concurrently, The country has been looking for ways to develop weapons of mass destruction (WMD) since the late 60s. Although, the first interest in developing nuclear weapons started in 1948 immediately after the commissioning of the South African Energy Corporation (SAAEC).

In 1976 South Africa started having trouble with obtaining nuclear materials through the US. However this was because of South Africa's unsafeguarded enrichment program. The fact that South Africa conducted this work in secret from the outset, making its existence public only when further secrecy was infeasible and never submitted this program to international safeguards from its inception until 1991 is incompatible with South African claims of original peaceful intent during its early period. 

During the 1970s South Africa developed its own research reactor, a zero-power reactor called SAFARI-II built with US supplied heavy water and low-enriched uranium. This reactor was decommissioned in the early 1980s.

The seventies saw covert collaboration develop between the Israeli and South African nuclear programs, which was camouflaged by the well known collaboration between these countries on conventional arms. South Africa is known to have received technical assistance from Israel on its weapon program, in exchange for supplying Israel with 300 tons of uranium. But the extent of this assistance is not entirely clear. Several Israeli nuclear scientists, including the "Oppenheimer of Israel" Ernst David Bergmann, visited South Africa in 1967, and evidence of increasingly close relations accumulate throughout the 70s. Moshe Dayan is reported to have made a secret visit to discuss nuclear weapon cooperation in 1974, including the possibility of nuclear tests [Burrows and Windrem 1994].

A weapons test sites were commissioned with its accompanying test facilities in late 70's having two shafts. The site was discovered by the Soviet and the government was pressured into shutting it down. The first shaft  was 385 meters in depth while the second was 216 meters.
South Africa is known to have received technical assistance from Israel on its weapon program, in exchange for supplying Israel with 300 tons of uranium

The casings made for the atomic bombs and stored at Advena. These are probably unused casings for new bombs,
Since the 60's SA has been looking for ways to produce weapon of mass destruction, the SA Govt commissioned Operation Coast in 1983 to produce and develop nuclear, Biological and Chemical weapons with its associating protective measures such as suits, masks e.t.c.
As research continues, the AEC succeeded in building a gun-type design for 'cold test' in the Pelindaba two nuclear test shaft.

The gun-type weapon is a type of nuclear fission weapons which works by assembling one part of a nuclear material into another i high speed. It uses an artillery type barrel to shoot one hollow nuclear material in to a spike which enters and fits. The performance of this type of design usually have low efficiency so Uranium is usually used unlike Plutonium. The 'Little Boy' bomb which was used against Hiroshima Japan was a gun-type nuclear device.  
Vastrap military base test site in the Kalahari Desert.

Entrance to the bomb storage building at Advena.

During the 80s South Africa produced six nuclear bombs with the seventh under development before the country renounced the weapons development programme and dismantled all of them in 1989. 
About 220kg of enriched Uranium was extracted and melted down from the weapons and stored in the vault of a silver processing facility in Pelindaba.

A family of four military vehicles (RSA-1 through 4) were developed, in addition to work on a space launch variant - the RSA-5b. The fully weaponized nuclear device developed by Armscor was designed to be deliverable by both aircraft delivered bomb, and as a warhead for the RSA

Although controversial, the United States alleged that South Africa tested its nuclear weapons at the Prince Edwards Islands off the coast of Antarctica in what is today known as the Vela Incident. In 22 Sept, 1979 the U.S Vela Hotel satellite detected a double flash which is a precursor for a nuclear blast although this claim is highly disputed even till date.
The U.S Department of Defence (DOD) and Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) believes that the double flash is a result of Israeli-South African nuclear weapons test.
Test shafts being filled in by Armscor under IAEA supervision July 1993.

Information relating to the Vela incident is classified in South Africa and the United States. During that period, expert investigation says otherwise- that it could have been a 'spurious electronic signal' from a a malfunctioning sensor in an old satellite. The U.S defence Boeing WC-135 aircraft used primarily to detect nuclear debris and fall-outs made several flights in the area and no evidence of nuclear was later found.

In the early 1980s, the program employed about 100 people, of which only about 40 were directly involved in the weapons program and only about 20 actually built the devices. The rest were involved in administrative support and security.

For years, the Israeli's foreign policy towards apartheid South Africa was to condemn apartheid although it did maintain a mutually beneficial commercial and mutual ties. However, Israel did maintain a diplomatic mission in Pretoria discreetly.

According to a renowned researcher Sasha Polakow-Suransky, in his book The Unspoken Alliance: Israel's secret alliance with Apartheid South Africa, he wrote that a large number of Israeli government officials and scientist were living and working in the Pelindaba Nuclear facility.  

The Israeli government further approved the sale of the Jericho II ballistic missiles to South Africa also during the initial testing of the missile, South African Defence Forces commanders were said to be present. The Jericho II was subsequently licenced for production in South Africa as RSA-3 as a space launcher vehicle. The RSA-1 was a South African version of the Jericho I while the RSA-2 - the Jericho II.

A Blackburn Bucaneer bomber

A Canberra bomber
South Africa initially intended to deliver the weapons using it's Air Force Canberra and Buccaneer bombers but the use of sophisticated ant-aircraft missiles and artillery defence systems by its neighboring countries caused great concern for the South African mission planners who later decided to focus on using a missile platform. The missiles were to be based on a greatly modified RSA-3 and RSA-4 launchers that were initially build for the country's space programme. This would have put at-least half of the continent within its striking range.
RSA ("Arniston") launch vehicle on display in South Africa.

According Al J Venter a South African authour who wrote the book How South Africa built six Atom bombs. He wrote that the RSA series launchers were designed to carry a payload of about 200kg into space while the nuclear bombs weight was 340 kg well above the launchers carrying capacity.

The international Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) after fully inspecting the South African Nuclear development programme facility in 19 August 1994, reported that all the nuclear devices has been fully dismantled and put in storage. The agency said that six fully developed and one partially developed bomb was dismantled accounting for all South African Nuclear Weapons/bomb stockpile.

The missile technology was pursued till 1992 even after the Nuclear weapons program was terminated. However, all ballistic missile development was stopped following Siuth African indication of joining the Missile Tecnology Control Treaty. Subsequently, Supervisions from the United States were sent to monitor the destruction of important facilities meant for ballistic missile and space launch technology. 

The Nuclear Energy Commision (NECSA) has replaced the AEC in South Africa. The NECSA was established in 1999, it primary function is to promote the Research and Development (R&D) of the nuclear technology for peaceful use this include how to process and store nuclear materials safely.

This makes South Africa the first nation in the world to give up all its nuclear arms voluntarily. 


Friday, 16 June 2017

Egypt might buy the Russian-made T-90 tank.

According to the source, he said that Egypt is looking at buying atleast 400-500 new build T-90s which will be constructed in Egypt. Also he mentioned about a new Active Protection System (APS) to be build in Egypt.

With the outstanding performance of the T-90MS Main Battle Tank (MBT) in Syria, the Egyptian Military might be considering purchasing the tank to add to it's already large fleet of U.S made M1A1 Abram MBT. This unofficial report was made by an Egyptian high ranking military official in an online social media platform. 
According to the source, he said that Egypt is looking at buying at-least 400-500 new build T-90s which will be constructed in Egypt. Also he mentioned about a new Active Protection System (APS) to be build in Egypt.

The Egyptian Military has a large stock of American made M1 Abram Main Battle Tanks about 1100 in total all built in Egypt. Egypt might be considering the T-90MS MBT because it is light enough to be transported by its new Mistral Class Helicopter Carriers since the Abrams is too heavy to be transported by the ships,

Egypt also possess many older Russian tanks like the T-64 and T-55 tanks. It appears that Egypt is moving away from acquiring weapons from the West to Russia.

Although the Russia's T-90 main battle tank is much lighter than its American M1 with the A1 Abrams weighting in at 68 tons compared to the T-90's 48 tons. The T-90MS is the latest version of the Russian T-90 main battle tank It was first revealed in 2011. The T-90's 125mm can also fire the 9M119 "Refleks" anti-tank guided missile. The T-90 is one of the TOP TEN BEST TANK IN THE WORLD.

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US, UK slams top Nigerian Military men with travel ban for Human Right Abuse.

the United States and its British ally withdrew the visas of some top Nigerian Military officers citing their complicity in various human rights abuses.

Despite having been cautioned on Human Rights Abuses, the Nigerian Military official still kept committing same atrocities according to the Human Rights watch group Amnesty International (AI). As we recall, in 2014 during the height of the Boko Haram rampage, AI reported the Nigerian Military on its incessant attack on civilians

As a result of this Human Rights Issue, the U.S Congress has blocked the sale of the sophisticated A-39 Super Tucano counter insurgency attack aircraft to the Nigerian military citing that they might turn such deadly war machine on its civilian population.

Last week, the United States and its British ally withdrew the visas of some top Nigerian Military officers citing their complicity in various human rights abuses. The Nigerian Military however set up a Board of Inquiry with the sole task of investigating the accusation.

The result of the investigation was presented by the Head of the Nigerian Army Civil Relations, Maj-Gen. Nuhu Angbazo, alongside the Director of Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman on Wednesday June 14. During the report presentation, Gen. Nuhu said that

“You will recall that Amnesty International (AI), in their reports about the NA in the North-east, had alleged cases of arbitrary arrests, unlawful detention, torture, forced disappearance and extrajudicial executions against some senior army officers. Likewise it alleged same case against the NA regarding IPOB.
He also made this findings and statements.

  • “The Board limited its investigation to the roles played by the NA during the rallies by IPOB in Aba on 9 Feb, 2016 and Onitsha on 29-30 May 2016.

  • “The AI alleged that on 9 Feb 2016, during a peaceful rally by IPOB at the National High School in Aba, Abia State about 17 of its members were killed and 30 injured by personnel of the NA.

  • “AI also alleged that it had evidence of mass extrajudicial executions by security forces, including at least 60 people shot dead in the space of 29-30 May 2016 in connection with events to mark Biafra Remembrance Day.

  • “The Board reviewed videos, photographs and eyewitness testimonies relating to demonstrations and other gatherings of IPOB members provided by non-government and military sources.
  • The Board also had extensive discussions with the governors and senior government officials of Abia and Anambra States.
  • “The Board visited the National High School, Abia where it was alleged that members of the IPOB were shot by security forces on 9 Feb 2016.
  • “The Board met with the schools security man on duty on the said day (name withheld).
  • “The Board took note of the AI allegation that the bodies of at least 13 members of the IPOB allegedly killed at the National High School, Aba were buried in a shallow pit along the Aba-PortHarcourt expressway.
  • “The Board observed that there was no specific description of the location of the alleged shallow pit in the AI report.”
  • On the incident on May 30 2016, Angbazo stated that with regards to that incident at St. Edmund’s Catholic Church Nkpor, where AI had alleged that soldiers opened fire on worshipers in the church compound, members of the board had held individual and group discussions with the resident priest (name withheld) of the church, the chief security officer of the church and residents within the vicinity.
  • “The Board found that there were protests by IPOB members at Aba on 6 Feb 16 and at Onitsha on 30 May 16.
  • “The Board found that the IPOB protests were not peaceful and that the lives and properties of citizens in the protest areas were threatened.
  • “In the words of one of the governors that met with the Board ‘the IPOB may have set out to have a peaceful protest, however, criminals infiltrated their ranks and turned these protests into violent ones’.
  • “In particular, the board found that IPOB members converged at Onitsha on 29 May 2016 to mark the anniversary of the declaration of the Sovereign State of Biafra.
  • “The Board also found that the IPOB members occupied the Niger bridgehead, stopping free flow of traffic and threatened to blow it up.
  • “That it was the inability of the Nigeria Police to enforce law and order that led to the deployment of the military.
  • “The Board found that there was a joint operation of the police and the NA to contain the protesters on all the days when there were protests.
  • “The Board notes the statement of governors and senior officials interviews revealed that there were no reports of any killings by the military on any of the days of the protests and they had no information of 13 persons allegedly buried in a shallow grave along the Aba-Port Harcourt expressway.
  • “The Board notes that the statement of the gateman at the National High School, Aba, who testified that he heard gunshots and stated that he saw one person fall to the ground. He could not recollect what happened to that person,” Angbazo said.
According to the report, it exonerated the Nigerian Military of any wrong doing. The Nigerian Military High command has repeatedly denied any involvement in the extrajudicial killings of unarmed civilians even in the face of numerous evidence and videos usually posted online.

After the investigations were concluded, the report was forwarded through the U.S Defence Attache to Washington, However, it was gathered that the U.S was not happy with the report which prompted the Nigerian Military to constitute a 'Special Board of Inquiry' to conduct a more comprehensive investigation.

AI alleges that a number of high ranking military officers should be investigated for their role in a number of extrajudicial killings. Those individual includes:
  1. Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, former COAS (Chief of Army Staff)
  2. Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim, former CDS (Chief of Defence Staff)
  3. Air Chief Marsahl Alex Badeh, former CDS
  4. Lt.-Gen. KTJ Minimah, COAS.”


News gotten from THISDAY LIVE and Naij,com

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Egypt's Mistral Class: Africa's Largest and Biggest Warship.

Egypt's Mistral Class: Africa's Largest and Biggest Warship.

From miles you'll see the tall uncluttered mast with it's sleek hull, standing really tall amidst an array of other Egyptian Navy warships. From astern, the docking entrance can be discern easily while from the fore she looks like a Majestic Aircraft Carrier. Unfortunately, she is no carrier. 

As the Deck hands scurry about their day/night activities, securing the helicopters on the deck. The Marines on-board prepare their Landing craft to begin an exercise. The Captain goes to the bridge to make sure all is in proper order before issue the command to get underway.

The Officer of the watch makes the announcement: "Captain in the bridge."

All Hands! All Hands!! the Captain announced. The ship is underway. Helmsman bring her about zere-six-zero (0-6-0) degree to starboard, Engine at 15 percent thrust, keep her steady at 8 knots. 

And there she goes steady as a rock yet fluid as the Mediterranean sea, the LHD Gamal Abdel Nasser (L-1010) sails into wind under the setting African sun.

The Mistral-class Landing Helicopter Dock vessels (LHDs) is currently the largest and biggest warship in the African Continent with a maximum displacement of 21,300 tonnes and an empty weight of 16,500 tonnes although not the most powerful ship in African since she carries minimal armament of only two Simbad systems SAM and four 12.7 mm M2-HB Browning machine guns.

However, The Mistral can carry a total of 16 heavy or 35 light helicopters plus a total of 900 soldiers with their corresponding equipment. It can otherwise carry 60 vehicles with up-to 40 Main Battle Tanks (MBT). It has six landing spots on the deck for air assault, Search and Rescue operations.The ships are also equipped equipped with combat management, tactical naval information and satellite communications systems which allows them to be used as an Operations Headquarters for an expeditionary force. Furthermore, it has a 69-bed hospital for providing medical aid to troops wounded in combat or for humanitarian services.

Egypt is the only country to operate this type of naval vessel both in Africa and the Middle East. The Mistrals will be used primarily to protect Egypt's interest in both regions (North Africa and The Middle East), it will also be used to secure Egypt's gas fields in the Mediterranean. With a crew of 160 (20 officers,  60 quarter-masters, 80 petty officers).

The two Egypt's Mistrals were originally intended for the Russian Navy but due to Russia activity in the Crimea in 2013, France decided to seize the ships and hand it over to new customers with various countries indicating their interest in owning the ships. The countries includes Canada, Brazil, India, Vietnam, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore and even China and the U.S, Algeria is also considered the purchase while South Africa, The United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and also reportedly expressed interest in the Mistral.

Egypt was selected because France-Egypt relations and trade was at an all time high largely due to chilling of the U.S-Egypt relations after the Abdel el-Sisi coup which toppled the democratically elected Muslim brotherhood. Egypt purchased both vessels for a cost of about 950 million euros.

The next in line for the largest warship in Africa is the South African fleet replenishment ship SAS Drakensberg (A301) at 12,500 tons full load (6,000 tons light) and the third is the Algerian amphibious transport dock Kalaat Béni Abbès at 8,800 t (8.661 long tons).
An infographic on the Mistral

The first ship arrived in late June after taking part in a joint naval exercise in France. The arrival of Al-Sadat’s carrier coincides with the 43rd anniversary of the 6 October War in 1973.

The Egyptian Navy has ordered 32 naval verion of the Ka-52 Alligator to use on both vessels.

(source wikipedia)
Name: Mistral class
Cost: €451.6m ($600m)
Type: Amphibious assault ship
Displacement: 16,500 tonnes (empty), 21,300 tonnes (full load)
Length: 199 m (653 ft)
Beam: 32 m (105 ft)
Draught: 6.3 m (21 ft)

Propulsion: 2 Rolls-Royce Mermaid azimuth thrusters (2 × 7 MW), 2 five-bladed 
Speed: 18.8 knots (35 km/h)
10,800 km (5,800 nmi) at 18 knots (33 km/h)
19,800 kilometres (10,700 nmi) at 15 knots (28 km/h)

Capacity: 59 vehicles (including 13 AMX Leclerc tanks) or a 40-strong Leclerc tank battalion.

Complement: 20 officers, 80 petty officers, 60 quarter-masters

Sensors and
processing systems:
DRBN-38A Decca Bridgemaster E250 navigation radar
MRR3D-NG air/surface sentry radar
2 optronic fire control systems

2 × Simbad systems
4 × 12.7 mm M2-HB Browning machine guns

Aircraft carried: 16 heavy or 35 light helicopters
Aviation facilities: 6 helicopter landing spots


Thursday, 8 June 2017

Russia pushing all boundaries to supply Egypt's Ka-52 attack Helicopter.

Ka-52 painted in desert camouflage scheme which might indicate that the first unit ready for delivery. 
 The Russians are currently in a flurry of activities to meet up with Egypt's order for the Ka-52 attack helicopter. The Egypt order includes 32 units of the Ka-52K (Katran) which is the naval version of the Ka-52 Alligator and 46 Units of the 'standard' Ka-52 Alligator. Just recently, Kamov Helicopters the makers of the Alligator helicopter release photos of the Ka-52 helicopter meant for the Egypt painted in yellow factory colors. 

However, earlier today (08-June-2017) Kamov Helicopters also release a new batch of photos showing the first Egypt's  Ka-52 'standard' version helicopter ready for delivery. The new photo shows a Ka-52 painted in desert camouflage scheme which might indicate that the first unit is ready for delivery. 

Egypt and Russia inked the deal for 32 Ka-52K in the December 2015, which will be operated from the two Egyptian Navy Mistral class Helicopter Carrier, the Mistrals were both originally intended for the Russian Navy and can carry 16 helicopters.
Two Ka-52 can be seen in this picture
It is not known if the Naval version or the 'standard' version will be delivered first although according to the photo it seems the 'standard' version is ready for flight operations. The ka-52 Alligator is an all weather attack helicopter a development of the Ka-50 Black Shark which has an unconventional rotor blade arrangement with side-by-side crew seating. The Ka-52 will be used for anti-terrorist combat operations since the  Egyptian Forces are currently battling terrorist elements in the volatile Sinai peninsula.

.The helicopter is fitted with four underwing hard-points capable of carrying various armaments which includes but not limited to Precision Guided Munition, Rocket pods, Dumb bombs and Air-to-Air missiles. It is also equipped with a 30 mm 2A42 gun with up to 240 rounds of ammunition and advance Russian avionics.
Kamov 52 specs (Credit


British Military Team begins training Nigerian Air Force personnel on base defence.

A British Military Assistance Team popularly known as BMATT has just arrived Nigeria to begin a six weeks long training exercise for the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) personnels. 
A British Military Assistance Team popularly known as BMATT has just arrived Nigeria to begin a six weeks long training exercise for the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) personnels. The training will primarily focus on base defence. A Basic Regiment Airmen’s Course will also be run alongside the base defence exercise.

The exercise is intended to teach the NAF personnels on Force Protection in a challenging and complex conflict environment. The Nigerian Military will gain significantly from this exercise because it will reinforce their capacity to defend their various base from hostile attack. The Nigerian Military base has come under attack various times in the past few years from Boko Haram terrorist which the nation is currently battling.

The exercise was supervised by the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Mashal Abubakar Sadique who was represented by the Air Officer Commanding, Training Command, Air Vice Marshal Christopher Okoye, he urged the Nigerian Airmen to be steadfast in learning from the BMATT troops since they will also be involved in the training of subsequent Nigerian Airmen in base defence.

In an effort to boost the Nigerian Air Force personnel ground war fighting skills, the CAS has recently commissioned a Regiment Training Center which features an advanced Electronic Shooting Range. He also said that the Air Force is commited to improve the condition of the Airmen in both learning and  welfare.
Selected Nigerian Airmen


Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Egypt Receives Advanced S-300VM/Antey-200 Long Range Air Defence Missile System.

S-300VM/Antey-2000 Surface to Air missile complex during an exhibition in 2013 MAKS  Air Show in Zhukovsky outside Moscow, August 27.
The Egyptian Military have begun taking delivery of the Russian-made S-300VM/Antey-2000 Surface to Air missile complex. According to photos released by a Russian website which shows the unloading of the 9M82-series missile canisters from a general cargo ship in the Egyptian city of Alexandria.

Egypt will be the official first export customer for the advance air defense system which can control and defend a large part of the airspace around the Mediterranean which includes a significant part of the Israeli airspace within. This can change the balance of power in the region significantly. The S-300VM can detect, intercept and destroy an incoming enemy aircraft or ballistic missile.
S-300VM/Antey-2000 Surface to Air missile complex in Alexandria
The S-300VM is the export version of a series in the S-300P missile complex which was designed by the Soviet union to counter Western air attacks and intercept incoming ballistic missiles. 

In march 2015, Russian news service TASS reported that Cairo would buy batteries of the Antey-2500 system for over a billion dollars. However, The Israeli Air Force commander Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel brushed off concerns over Egypt’s purchase of the Russian S-300 air defense system even though the S-300VM can shoot down aircraft well inside Israeli airspace. Although he did show concern for the reported sale to Iran which he quoted that: 
 “Someone who has an S-300 feels protected and can do more aggressive things because he feels protected.”-- according to Reuters.

The S-300VM uses two different missiles (9M82 and the smaller 9M83) to shoot down targets ranging from cruise missiles and aircraft to ballistic missiles. It can engage four targets out to 200 km and altitudes of up to 25 000 metres. The system is designed to defeat short and medium range of ballistic and cruise missiles, PGM and also fixed-wing aircraft.


Chinese company unveils Sudanese Air Force new FTC-2000 Fighter Trainer

The FTC-2000 was unveiled in the company's Anshur production facility in Guizhou pronvice China on June 5 painted in Desert camouflage scheme.
In 2016, the Sudanese Government placed an order for six FTC-2000 Shanying (Mountain Eagle)jet trainer. Subsequently, The Chinese Guizhou Aircraft Industries Corporation (GAIC) recently rolled out the first FTC-2000 aircraft, the FTC-2000 is the export model for the JL-9 jet trainer. The FTC-2000 was unveiled in the company's Anshur production facility in Guizhou pronvice China on June 5 painted in Desert camouflage scheme.

The GAIC Director General Wang Weifei stated during an interveiw with a local Chinese media outlet- that the Sudanese Air Force is the first and only export customer at the moment although, He also said that various African countries like  Nigeria and Tunisia have expressed interest in acquiring the aircraft.

The FTC-2000 is a heavily modified JJ-7 jet trainer which is the trainer version of the MiG-21 Fishbed. However, the JJ-7 has since been replaced in the People Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) service by the JL-9. The Mountain Eagle is a supersonic advanced fighter trainer capable of undertaking light air-to-ground and air-to-air missions. The FTC-2000 was first flown in 13th of December 2003.

The purchase of this aircraft is significant to the Sudanese Air force because they already own and operate a fleet of about a dozen Chinese made Chengdu J-7 fighter  and also a dozen K-8 Karakorum jet trainer. The new FTC-2000 will complement both aircraft in combat and training capacity thereby simplifying logistics and spares.

The FTC-2000 features Pulse Doppler radar in its nose, a glass cockpit, Hands on Throttle and Stick (HOTAS) control, INS/GPS, weapons release computers. It has a top speed of Mach 1.5 and service ceiling of 16,000m. Due to the Mountain Eagle's secondary combat role, it is equipped with 5 hardpoints for carrying 2000KG of various ordnance, with three hardpoints capable of carry fuel tanks for increased range. A heavier version was also developed by GAIC named FTC-2000G, its features includes a new Leading Edge Root Extension (LERX) with an increase payload and range of 3000kg and 2500km respectively.  


Crew: 2
Powerplant: × Guizhou Liyang WP-13 afterburning turbojet
Maximum operating speed: Mach 1.5
Max service ceiling: 16,000 m
Guns: 1 x 23 mm cannon
Hardpoints: 5 (can carry various missiles, bombs and rocket pods)
Avionics: Pulse-Doppler radar


Sunday, 4 June 2017

Nigerian Army receives first batch of 177 Streit series of Armored vehicle.

The Nigerian Military just took delivery of the first 40 assorted armored vehicles.
The Nigerian Military just took delivery of the first batch of assorted armored vehicles. The new delivery was reported on Twitter by current Managing Director of the Nigerian Port Authority Mrs  Hadiza Bala Usman. According to Mrs Bala she tweeted that the armored vehicles were part of a large order of about one hundred and seventy seven (177) vehicles with different configurations which 40 has been delivered while the rest will arrive from Jordan before December.

She also said on Twitter that the armored vehicles were Mine protected which indicate that some Mine Resistant and Ambush Protected (MRAP) were among the mix delivered. Although no information concerning the purchase was ever released by the Nigerian Government or the Military but this is not surprising since the Nigerian Government or the military rarely provide information on its acquisition plans.

The Nigerian Chief of Defense Staff

The purchase of the 177 armored vehicles is considered a welcome development because the Nigerian Armed Forces is currently battling the deadly Islamic sect Boko Haram in a bloody war that has dragged on for six years now. The Military is also actively engaged in the Southernmost part of the country where the Niger Delta militants are active.

Having sufficient armored vehicles especially Mine Resistant and Ambush Protection (MRAP) to convey troops in an hostile environment is an essential requirement in today's battlefield largely due to the ever present threat of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) used by terrorist. An MRAP is designed in such a way to protect the soldiers inside in case it gets hit by IED at the expense of the vehicle.

The Nigerian Military still make use of soft-skinned utility vehicle such as the Toyota Hilux to move troops round the country, the use of soft-skinned vehicle has been criticized in many sectors because it offers minimal protection against event the smallest arms used by militants and terrorist thereby putting the soldiers in harms way. The more MRAP and armored vehicle the Nigerian Army receives the more its troops are protected which is seen as a win by many.

The delivery was witnessed by the Minister of Defense Mansur Dan Ali the Chief of Defence Staff General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin and other dignitaries. The Armoured vehicles which were manufactured in 2016 in the United Arab Emirate (UAE) appears to be three type of Streit Group APC. The smaller one being the Streit Spartan 4X4 while the larger one appears to be the Streit Typhoon 4X4. A Streit Warrior 4X4 can also be seen at the back.

Nigerian military already operate Streit Group Spartan Mk.II & III and Warrior APCs serving the Nigerian Police Force and Army and has been deployed for combat operations therefore it makes more sense to go for more units. Furthermore, Streit Group has a service centre for maintenance, servicing and overhaul of all Streit range of APC and MRAPS in Nigeria. This new acquisition will bring the total number of different Streit APCs in Nigeria to four which are:
  • Streit Typhoon 4X4
  • Streit Spartan 4X4
  • Streit Cougar 4X4
  • Streit Warrior 4X4
A Nigerian Army Streit Warrior 4X4 APC (credits
The Nigerian Army Streit Spartan is armed with dual Browning M2 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun.

A Nigerian Army Streit Spartan 4X4 MK.II  (credits

Notable features has be marked for easy identification.
Typhoon 4×4 is a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle (MRAP) which is mostly used as troops transport and fire support vehicles for ground troops. It can also be configured as a field ambulance, command and control (C2) vehicle and for scout operations.

  • Engine Type: Cummins ISL 400, 8.9 L Turbo-Diesel
  • Transmission: Allison 3200 Series, 6 Speed Automatic
  • Horsepower: 400hp @ 2100 rpm 296hp @ 2500 RPM
  • Fuel Capacity: 610 L Dual Tank
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Drive Configuration: 4x4
  • Armoring Level: Up to STANAG Level 4
  • Fully armored engine compartment
  • Monocoque armored v-hull design
  • Full interior padded cell lining for personnel protection in blast or accident

Spartan 4×4 is an Armored Personnel Carrier can be deployed for various missions such as Troops transport, Ambulance, peace keeping operations and convoy escort.

  • Engine Type:   6.7 Litre V8, Turbo Diesel
  • Transmission:  Automatic, Electronically controlled
  • Horsepower:   300hp @ 2,800rpm
  • Fuel Capacity:  257L
  • Fuel Type:        Diesel
  • Drive Configuration: 4x4
  • Seats:              6+2
  • 7 gun ports
  • 360 degree traversing turret
  • Streit Design structural integrated armored body


  • Engine Type:   6.7 Liter V8, Turbo Diesel
  • Transmission: Automatic, Electronically controlled
  • Horsepower:  300hp @ 2,800rpm
  • Fuel Capacity: 257L
  • Fuel Type:       Diesel
  • Drive Configuration4x4
  • Seats: 2+12
  • Armoring Level: CEN Level BR6
  • Heavy duty electric winch & tire jack


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