Amid Europe's gradual military withdrawal from Mali and as peacekeeping needs grow in the Central African Republic, three states are jostling for lucrative troop contribution contracts. But the UN's strict rules on equipment and training place tall hurdles in the way of their ambitions.
Senegal's military operation against separatist bases in northern Casamance over the past two weeks relies heavily on Turkish expertise. But Ankara is also a close ally of Gambia, which has historic ties to the Casamance rebels and has been deeply affected by the crisis.
TAI, Roketsan, BMC, Otokar, Tais Shipyards, Aselsan were among the 10 or so Turkish arms makers that travelled to Nigeria last week to promote their products and know-how to defence minister Bashir Salihi Magashi and senior military commanders.
Gambia has signed an agreement with Turkish parastatal Katmerciler in order to respond to the country's intention to increase the number of its peacekeepers in Africa. The armoured vehicle manufacturer is a pillar of President Erdogan's military and diplomatic offensive in East, and now also, West Africa.
Tunisia's military will soon be operating Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) armed drones. According to our information, the Turkish state-owned conglomerate finalised a first export contract for its Anka model in January. Despite tensions between Tunis and Ankara (read below), the [.