By participating in Mozambican operations, the Rwandan army, already busy in the Central African Republic and South Sudan, has become one of Kigali's key exports. President Paul Kagame relies on a structure geared to external operations, and on allies beyond Africa.
The Tanzanian army fears that terrorist activity in Mozambique could spread to its territory. It is now turning to new Western partners for help because Beijing, its main ally and military supplier, has not made counter-terrorism a priority.
During his official tour of Angola, Nigeria and Togo from 17 to 20 October, the Turkish president will be aiming to strengthen political and economic ties with the countries of the Gulf of Guinea. Central to this strategy will be promoting the interests of Turkey's defence industry ahead of the Turkey-Africa summit scheduled for December in Istanbul.
Several air security firms are in the race to bag the lucrative security contract for the Rwandan capital's airport. Innov'ATM's bid will get a boost from the upcoming visit of France's trade minister, who is on a mission to promote French business in Rwanda.
Turkey's defence industry trade fair IDEF, the sector's major yearly event, held from 17 to 20 August in Istanbul, saw many African delegations roam the aisles of the Tüyap exhibition centre where models of aircraft, armoured vehicles, and above all drones, were on display.
The Turkish armoured vehicle manufacturer, which announced in early June that it had been chosen to deliver more than a hundred vehicles to the Kenya Defence Forces, is currently at a total standstill. The contract's completion is being hampered by technical elements that do not match the project specifications.
Ankara's new military attaché for the Great Lakes will need to maintain Turkish defence industry's excellent relationship with Uganda but also develop opportunities in Rwanda and Burundi, despite these two countries' troubled relations with Kampala.
By providing 20 light armoured vehicles to the Ugandan army in January, Ankara anticipated the entry into force of the bilateral military agreement between Turkey and Uganda, which was ratified on February 5 by the Turkish Parliament.