Telespazio, a joint venture between Italian electronics giant Leonardo and France's Thales, has been picked to provide in-orbit satellite control and maintenance services for four years for the Broglio Space Center in Kenya, a complex managed by the Italian space agency.
In November, one of the French army's convoys that came to support the Barkhane force by road was attacked by locals. For the past two months, French military planners have been working on scenarios to keep its troops supplied in the Sahel without provoking any new unrest.
Germany's MINUSMA contingents stationed in Gao will be taking delivery of several heavy-lift transport helicopters, thereby reducing their reliance on private contractors and affording Berlin more flexibility to follow its own path in this troubled region.
The ministry of armed forces has hired the French security group Amarante to conduct a study of the networks and relays of influence in G5 Sahel countries. The French government is increasingly concerned about foreign interference campaigns in the region, where it has plans for its own strategy of influence.