Nigeria turns to Russia after being deprived of its US helicopters
By stopping the sale of 12 urgently needed attack helicopters to the Nigerian Army, the US has inadvertently boosted Nigerian-Russian military cooperation. Arms broker Ahmed Vanderpuije plans to seize the opportunity to finalise the sale of Russian Mi-35 helicopters to Abuja. [...]
Who are Nigeria's new military top brass after Buhari purge?
President Buhari has put an entirely new team at the helm of the Nigerian military. Both public opinion and the military itself have welcomed the overhaul, while national security adviser Babagana Monguno has kept his job and could even consolidate his influence. [...]
As Niger court homes in, Aboubacar Hima uproots arms broker BRID A DEFCON to Prague
With a legal investigation now in full swing in Niger, the businessman Aboubacar Hima, aka "Petit Boubé", has relocated his military equipment brokerage firm BRID A DEFCON to the Czech Republic. This brings it closer to the Czech defence supplier DEFCON. [...]
Covid-19: Air force maritime patrol plane grounded at RAS plant in Germany
Rheinland Air Service (RAS) has completed maintenance work on one of the Nigerian Air Force's two ATR 42-500 MP surveillance aircraft. The aircraft has been prevented from leaving Germany by the Covid-19 epidemic, just as the NAF needs to intensify maritime surveillance operations and the fight againt Boko Haram. [...]