Faced with an increasing number of militia groups, Ivory Coast has just ordered tethered surveillance balloons for its border with Burkina Faso from French company A-NSE. The Bundeswehr also just ordered balloons from A-NSE to protect its new military base in Tillia, Niger.
Although the Biden administration called on the Tunisian president to rapidly restore the country's democratic institutions in mid-August, it has continued to cooperate with Tunis on several fronts, not least via its MCC and USAID development agencies.
After putting off its decision for two years, the US Justice Department is about to supply tethered surveillance balloons to Tunisia's national guard. TCOM, Raytheon and a consortium composed of Novetta and Drone Aviation Corp are taking a keen interest in the deal.
Chief of staff Said Chengriha has travelled to Moscow to clinch an astronomical arms deal, worth up to $7bn. In discussions with the Russian defence minister, he also outlined a possible Algerian intervention in the Sahel, starting with 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.