French UAV firm Aeraccess woos Nigerian securocrats, with help from Proforce
A partnership with a Lagos-based armoured vehicle firm to assemble UAVs in Nigeria and a drone academy project in Abuja signal the drone maker's big plans in the country.
Following a six-month selection process, French gendarmerie general Bettina Boughani has been appointed by the United Nations' Department of Peace Operations to take charge of the United Nations Police unit within the UN's MINUSMA mission in Mali.
By dint of hard lobbying, Israel's IAI, Elbit and Mer groups have succeeded in landing the contract for the provision of protection at MINUSMA camps in Mali. They are now looking to repeat the feat at the 40 or so UN peacekeeping bases throughout the world, some of them in the Middle East.
With just over a year to go before the presidential election, and in light of the events of recent weeks, the French public is starting to take more notice of the country's military presence in the Sahel region.
With only days to go before the expected appointment of the transitional president, CNSP officers are still divided over who should have the job. The coup-makers are divided between former generals Moussa Sinko Coulibaly and Mahamane Touré.
Following the death on 5 September of two French soldiers, who were caught in the explosion of a crudely made bomb not far from Tessalit on the border between Algeria and Mali, the French army's health service is to set up a new intensive care and emergency surgery unit.