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I thought we could make a thread for the discussion and posting of pictures for various African militaries today. It is true that war has often played a negative part in recent African history, but it is also true that today many African militaries are doing a lot of good in helping to stabilize the continent.
For example, the Ugandan troops of the AU in Somalia. The conflict they are fighting there is very similar to what is going on in Iraq; you just don't hear about it as much, if at all.

So, lets post articles, photos, and discussions on African militaries(armies, navies, air forces):)

I'll start with some pics of the Ugandan peacekeepers:







Ugandan Air Force:

 

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Thanks for the pics.

Unfortunately, pics of African militaries are hard to find becuase most of them have strict anti-photography rules in their countries.

A rare photo of Nigerian Mig-21s (presumably at Makurdi):
 

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Goods pics! Those last 2 are actually new to me.

Ugandan Tank with AU Forces in Somalia:



Ethiopian AU Soldier:



Rwandan Soldiers in Sudan:



Cameroonian Alpha Jet



Angolan Helicopters and Pilots:



 

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Nigerian Navy




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Nigeria develops unmanned coastal capability
Nigeria is developing a national coastal defence alignment based mainly on unmanned platforms, Jane's has learned.

Under a USD260 million contract signed in March, Israeli Aeronautics Defense Systems will design and build the naval array, providing manned and unmanned naval and aerial systems, coastal radars and command-and-control centres.

The array will be based on Aeronautics' Aerostar tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and the Seastar unmanned surface vehicle (USV). Three Aerostar systems will be provided, each including three to six platforms, and three Seastar systems, including several USVs.

Both systems are controlled through Aeronautics' Unmanned Multi-Application System terminal and software, which provide air vehicle and payload control and enable the integration of different sensors. The Aerostar, with 14 hours operational endurance, is equipped with Controp's Dual-Sensor Stabilised Payload DSP-1, providing day/night surveillance coverage.

The Nigerian Navy has faced an increasing number of attacks in recent months on the oil rigs in the Niger delta by various guerrilla groups. With an ageing fleet, mostly in an advanced stage of decay, the navy was seeking to reorganise its force to meet the threats under considerable budget restraints. In addition to the new surveillance alignment, the Nigerian Navy will establish three forward operating bases in the delta region and has procured six Defender-class fast response boats from SAFE Boats International.
 

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Nice Pictures IgboWarrior.:)
 

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African Union Extends Darfur Mission

The African Union has extended the mandate for its Darfur peacekeeping mission until the end of the year as it waits to assemble a combined force with the United Nations.

The African Union said in a statement Friday that it hopes efforts to deploy the hybrid force will be speeded up.

Sudan agreed this month to the joint African Union - United Nations force of around 20,000 peacekeepers after months of international pressure and threats of tougher U.N. sanctions.

The African Union already has about 7,000 peacekeepers in Darfur, but they have not been able to stop the region's violence.

Sudanese government-backed Arab militias are accused of committing atrocities in battling Darfur rebels. Four years of fighting in Darfur has left more than 200,000 people dead and more than two million displaced. - VOA News
http://www.huliq.com/25515/african-union-extends-darfur-mission
 

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African leaders discuss Somalia unrest

Addis Ababa - Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni was in Ethiopia over the weekend for talks with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and African Union officials on war-ravaged Somalia and other issues.

"Museveni and Prime Minister Meles will hold discussions on both bilateral and continental issues," a senior government official told the Ethiopian news agency on Sunday.

On top of the agenda for both leaders will be the situation in war-torn Somalia, where Uganda in early March deployed about 1 500 troops at the vanguard of around 8 000 soldiers the African Union (AU) is struggling to assemble in the Horn of Africa nation.

About 1 000 Burundian soldiers are scheduled to join the AU peacekeeping force next month which at present comprises solely of Ugandan soldiers.

Somali government troops, backed by Ethiopian forces, quelled an Islamist insurgency in April after months of fighting in Mogadishu left hundreds of civilians dead and hundreds of thousands displaced.

Museveni is also due to meet with the head of the African Union, Alpha Oumar Konare. The AU is headquartered in the Ethiopian capital. - Sapa-AFP
http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=87&art_id=nw20070624215546109C413032
 

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Uganda: UPDF Destroys Somalia Ammunition

UPDF peacekeepers in Somalia yesterday destroyed large amounts of ammunition abandoned or recovered from insurgents in the war-torn Somalia.

"We have been doing that (destroying ammunitions) for sometime. They have field engineers. Each time we locate them, we seal off the area and destroy them," army and Defence spokesman Felix Kulayigye said.

Curfew

A curfew was imposed on Mogadishu last night as the city witnessed another day of violence.

Somalia's national security agency chief said the curfew would take effect on Friday. "No one should be seen moving from 7.00 pm (1600 GMT) to 5.00am (0200 GMT)," Mohamed Warsame Darwish said on Thursday.

Five people, including one police officer, were killed and nearly 10 were wounded in Bakara, Mogadishu's biggest bazaar, Shabelle news, a local news agency reported.

Witnesses told Shabelle that two people were killed in an exchange of gunfire after unknown gunmen and policemen in Bakara clashed.

Minutes later an unknown gunman threw a hand grenade in Bakara's medical section where a number of policemen were passing. Two civilians were instantly killed while one police officer was seriously wounded, the news agency reported. It said the policeman later died in the hospital.

Mohammed Warsame Darwish, the leader of Somalia's national security committee, said the curfew was imposed to stabilise the volatile capital.

He said a large number of police forces would be stationed at every road and neighborhood in the capital.

"Any one who trespasses the curfew will be regarded as a member of those responsible for the unremitting bombings and killings in the capital," he said.

Warning

He warned that residents in Mogadishu would have to endure 14 days of weapons detonations.

"The Ugandan troops will blow up all the weapons that include ammunition and landmines seized from the different districts in Mogadishu and it will take 14 days when the sounds of blast will be heard," he said.

Last week, a UN-backed peace conference bringing together Somali clan leaders and government officials was postponed for the third time.

Source: Daily Monitor
http://www.garoweonline.com/artman2/publish/Somalia_27/Uganda_UPDF_Destroys_Somalia_Ammunition.shtml
 

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Nigeria Air force C-130H NAF 917


Nigeria Air Force Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules (L-382) at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja


Nigeria Air Force SepeCat Jaguar on display in England


 

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Nigeria Air Force Lockheed C-130H Hercules


Nigeria Air force Dornier 228-212


 

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WOW SOUTH AFRICA, ALGERIA, EGYPT, MAROC, ANGOLA ARE DEFINETLY SUPERIOR MILITARY POWERS...AND OF COURSE NIGERIA......

Rank Country Military expenditures (USD) Date of information
170 São Tomé and Príncipe 581,700 2004
169 San Marino 700,000 2005
168 Gambia, The 1,547,000 2004
167 Bermuda, UK overseas territory 4,030,000 2001
166 East Timor 4,400,000 FY03
165 Guyana 6,479,000 2003
164 Cape Verde 7,178,000 2005
163 Suriname 7,494,000 2005
162 Bhutan 8,281,000 2005
161 Moldova 8,700,000 2004
160 Guinea-Bissau 9,455,000 2005
159 Laos 11,040,000 2005
158 Mauritius 12,040,000 2005
157 Comoros 12,870,000 2005
156 Sierra Leone 14,250,000 2005
155 Seychelles 14,850,000 2005
154 Malawi 15,810,000 2005
153 Central African Republic 16,370,000 2005
152 Papua New Guinea 16,900,000 2003
151 Belize 19,000,000 2005
150 Kyrgyzstan 19,200,000 FY01
149 Mauritania 19,320,000 2005
148 Tanzania 21,200,000 2005
147 Somalia 22,340,000 2005
146 Mongolia 23,100,000 FY02
145 Haiti 25,960,000 2003
144 Djibouti 29,050,000 2005
143 Togo 29,980,000 2005
142 Jamaica 31,170,000 2003
141 Nicaragua 32,270,000 2005
140 Tajikistan 35,400,000 FY01
139 Fiji 36,000,000 2004
138 Burma 39,000,000 NA
137 Lesotho 41,100,000 2005
136 Swaziland 41,600,000 2005
135 Burundi 43,900,000 2005
134 Malta 44,640,000 2005
133 Niger 44,780,000 2005
132 Maldives 45,070,000 2005
131 Paraguay 53,100,000 2003
130 Rwanda 53,660,000 2005
129 Albania 56,500,000 FY02
128 Trinidad and Tobago 66,720,000 2003
127 Liberia 67,400,000 2005
126 Chad 68,950,000 2005
125 Burkina Faso 74,830,000 2005
124 Mozambique 78,030,000 2005
123 Costa Rica 83,460,000 2005
122 Ghana 83,650,000 2005
121 Congo, Republic of the 85,220,000 2005
120 Latvia 87,000,000 FY01
119 Turkmenistan 90,000,000 NA
118 Honduras 99,410,000 2005
117 Benin 100,900,000 2005
116 Congo, Democratic Republic of the 103,700,000 2005
115 Nepal 104,900,000 2005
114 Mali 106,300,000 2005 ????????
113 Cambodia 112,000,000 NA
112 Senegal 117,300,000 2005
111 Guinea 119,700,000 2005
110 Zambia 121,700,000 2005
109 Afghanistan 122,400,000 2005
108 Zimbabwe 124,700,000 2005
107 Bolivia 130,000,000 2005
106 Namibia 149,500,000 2005
105 Panama 150,000,000 2005
104 Equatorial Guinea 152,200,000 2005
103 Estonia 155,000,000 2002 est.
102 Armenia 160,000,000 2006
101 El Salvador 161,700,000 2005
100 Guatemala 169,800,000 2005
99 Dominican Republic 180,000,000 FY98
98 Uganda 192,800,000 2005
96 Republic of Macedonia 200,000,000 NA
97 Uzbekistan 200,000,000 NA
95 Eritrea 220,100,000 2005
94 Kazakhstan 221,800,000 FY02
93 Cameroon 230,200,000 2005
91 Luxembourg 231,076,480 2003
90 Bosnia and Herzegovina 234,300,000 NA
89 Côte d'Ivoire 246,600,000 2005
88 Oman 252,990,000 2005
87 Gabon 253,500,000 2005
86 Kenya 280,500,000 2005
85 Brunei 290,700,000 2004
84 Ethiopia 295,900,000 2004
83 Botswana 325,500,000 2005
82 Madagascar 329,000,000 2005
81 Tunisia 356,000,000 NA
79 Slovenia 370,000,000 2007
78 Uruguay 371,200,000 2005
77 Cyprus 384,000,000 NA
76 Slovakia 406,000,000 2002
75 Belarus 420,500,000 2006
92 Lithuania 490,800,000 FY01
74 Lebanon 540,600,000 2004
73 Georgia 567,200,000 2007
72 Sudan 587,000,000 2004
71 Sri Lanka 606,200,000 2005
70 Ukraine 617,900,000 FY02
69 Croatia 620,000,000 2004
68 Bahrain 627,700,000 2005
66 Ecuador 650,000,000 2005
67 Vietnam 650,000,000 NA
65 Cuba 694,000,000 2005
64 Qatar 723,000,000 NA
80 Bulgaria 730,000,000 2007
63 Nigeria 737,600,000 2005
62 Peru 829,300,000 2005
61 Philippines 836,900,000 2005
60 Syria 858,000,000 NA
59 Azerbaijan 900,000,000 2006
58 Yemen 992,200,000 2005
57 Bangladesh 1,008,000,000 2005
56 Hungary 1,080,000,000 2002 est.
55 New Zealand 1,147,000,000 2005
52 Indonesia 1,300,000,000 2004
53 Libya 1,300,000,000 2007
54 Ireland 1,300,000,000 2007
51 Iraq 1,333,000,000 2005
50 Jordan 1,392,000,000 2005
49 United Arab Emirates 1,600,000,000 NA
48 Malaysia 1,690,000,000 NA
47 Thailand 1,775,000,000 NA
46 Angola 2,000,000,000 2005
45 Czech Republic 2,170,000,000 2004
44 Morocco 2,306,000,000 2005
43 Austria[8] 2,334,900,000 FY06
42 Egypt 2,440,000,000 2003
41 Switzerland 2,548,000,000 2005
40 Finland 2,800,000,000 FY06
39 Romania [7] 2,900,000,000 2007
38 Algeria 2,994,000,000 2005
37 Kuwait 3,007,000,000 2005
36 Denmark 3,271,600,000 2003
35 Colombia 3,300,000,000 NA
34 Portugal 3,497,800,000 2003
33 South Africa 3,548,000,000 2005
32 Mexico 3,705,000,000 2006
31 Chile 3,907,000,000 2005
30 Belgium 3,999,000,000 2003
29 Venezuela 4,000,000,000 2007
28 Norway 4,033,500,000 2003
27 Pakistan 4,253,000,000 2004
25 Iran 4,300,000,000 2005
26 Argentina 4,300,000,000 NA
24 North Korea 5,000,000,000 2005
23 Sweden 6,309,137,714 2007
22 Singapore 7,053,000,000 2007
21 Poland[6] 7,262,500,000 2007
20 Greece[5] 7,648,561,000 2006 (est.)
19 Republic of China 8,400,000,000 2006
18 Israel 9,444,000,000 2005
17 Brazil 9,940,000,000 2005
16 Netherlands 10,369,920,000 2006 (est.)
15 Turkey 10,936,000,000 2006 (est.)
14 Spain 15,792,207,000 2006
13 Canada 16,900,000,000 2007
12 Australia[4] 18,200,000,000 2007
11 South Korea 21,050,000,000 2005
10 India 21,330,000,000 2007
9 Saudi Arabia 31,255,000,000 2006
8 Italy 32,093,537,000 2006 (est.)
7 Russia[3] 32,400,000,000 2007
6 People's Republic of China[2] 45,500,000,000 2007 (est.)
5 Japan 46,000,000,000 2007 (est.)
4 Germany 57,500,000,000 2007
3 France 64,611,000,000 2007
2 United Kingdom[1] 66,100,000,000 2007
— EU Total 292,745,000,000
1 United States 532,800,000,000 2007 WOW DONT MESS WITH THEM
— NATO Total 849,875,309,000
— World Total 1,164,254,167,000 THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY ...WHY DO WE NEED ALL THOSE WEAPONS.....
 

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Nigerian, Indian War Colleges Begin Exchange Programme

From Juliana Taiwo in Abuja, 06.25.2007

National War College (NWC), Abuja, and the Indian National Defence College (INDC), begin an exchange programme today, to partake in a crisis management exercise (War Games) code- named Exercise (EX) Chain Link.
Already, a senior official of the College, Major-General GD Bakshi is in the country, while the Commandant of INDC, Vice Admiral Pradeep Kaushiva, will arrive Nigeria today.
Commandant of NWC, Rear Admiral Anthony Isa, said for two weeks beginning from the end of April to May, 2007, two Directing Staff of the NWC were at the INDC, where they participated in programmes as part of their faculty requirements.
. The programme is aimed at sharing ideas regarding best practices in the operations of National Defence Colleges knowledge for development.
"The rule now is – if you don’t open up, you cannot develop. So, for us at the War College, this is part of the contribution to military diplomacy. The exchange programme helps in fostering the right message to citizens of both countries on respect for one another,” a source at the NWC said.
The visit of the Indian delegations was almost marred by the kidnap of some Indians in the Niger Delta by militants. "Initially, some in Indian government wanted the visit and exchange programme cancelled as a form of protest, but at the end, the approval was given,” the source said.
 
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