Chad's air force is considering selling off its fleet of Su-25s attack aircraft and Mi-24 helicopter gunships and replacing them with longer-range Su-30 fighter jets.
The sharp increase in European gas prices resulting from the Russian-Ukrainian war has raised questions over Morocco's plans to import gas from Spain now that it is no longer taking gas from Algeria. Rabat has slowed plans to reverse gas flows between Morocco and Spain and install a floating barge.
With grain shipments in the Black Sea becoming impossible, large and small suppliers of both millers and state agencies are having to adapt to meet their requirements. At the same time, prices are exploding, which may be a double-edged sword.
Despite notable progress, the peace talks between Chad's armed political groups and the N'Djamena government is due for further delays. The reconciliation process to be held in Doha last week was postponed.
Barely elected as Niger's new president, Mohamed Bazoum wants to acquire a new attack helicopter for the air force. He intends to pursue other acquisitions in Eastern Europe, despite accusations of irregularities in contracts concluded in recent years with Ukrainian and Russian companies.
As armed insurgents, mobilised since this month's presidential poll, threaten to capture Tebesti in northern Chad, the government is desperate to get back helicopters that have been overhauled in eastern Europe.