With European funds, the French defence parastatal Economat des Armées (EDA) is to supply eight Zodiac Milpro boats to reinforce Mozambique's coastguard. The service provider is muscling in on a security cooperation sector hitherto dominated by Expertise France.
Revealed by Africa Intelligence, the new military accord between Kigali and Cotonou that is in the process of being finalised should see Rwandan soldiers being deployed to Benin in the near future, with a particular focus on supporting Benin's special forces in the north of the country.
The military contingents of Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon deployed within the Multinational Joint Task Force are to receive a dozen intelligence-gathering drones from the French firm Delair. The project is being overseen by Coginta, an NGO active in supporting security initiatives in West Africa.
Under pressure from its shipowners, Brussels is set to launch its SWAIMS anti-piracy programme for countries in the Gulf of Guinea that lack the resources to respond effectively to the problem on their own account.
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.