Rohde & Schwarz has been chosen by the Senegalese Navy to install combat communication systems on the three OPV 58S patrol vessels Dakar ordered at the end of 2019 from the French shipyard Piriou-Kership.
The Dutch shipyard has been contracted to deliver three military logistics ships to the Senegalese navy, even though two rival Turkish firms were favourites for the business. These ships could help improve the army's deployments in the insurgent province of Casamance.
Delegations from several African armies were in attendance at the fifth Sofins (Special Operations Forces Innovation Network Seminar) event held from 29 June to 1 July at Souge camp near Bordeaux.
France is equipping the Ethiopian navy with two Sillinger boats in a bid to capture a share of the market for its shipyards. Ethiopia does not have an access to the sea, but it hopes to house its fleet in a port in Eritrea or Djibouti.
Engine manufacturer MAN Energy Solutions has won two West African navy contracts. It is to provide engines for three OPV 58 S patrol boats being built by France's Piriou group for the Senegalese navy, as well as for two Israel Shipyards vessels ordered by Ivory Coast.
Nexeya and Leonardo are tipped to win the contract to equip and arm three Piriou offshore patrol vessels destined for Dakar but the change in chief of naval staff could restack their odds.