General Géraud Laborie will become Operation Barkhane's next deputy general of operations (GAO), the second in command and will be the first transport pilot to do so.
This summer, a two-star general will likely become the number two of Operation Barkhane, taking over for another fighter pilot, General Fabien Kuzniak.
With its northern borders having come under increasingly frequent attack in recent months, Benin has decided to redeploy troops that are currently serving in the UN mission in Mali.
Faced with an increasing number of attacks from armed groups in northern Benin, the authorities in Cotonou have stepped up their efforts to find suppliers able to provide them with air defence systems. Among the contenders are Turkey's Baykar group, China's PolyTech and France's A-NSE.
Lacking a successor to the post of director of police following a passports of convenience scandal, Patrice Talon has reappointed General Yaya as head of the organisation for two years. The Beninese head of state also promoted his former military chief of staff Bertin Dada, who played a pivotal role in the police crackdown just ahead the presidential election last year.
President Talon's show of national reconciliation staged earlier this week through the exhibition of 26 royal treasures returned to Benin by France has been disrupted by a lobbying firm campaigning for Washington to take sanctions against him.
The withdrawal of French troops from Mali presents a major logistical challenge, with an increased risk of attacks by Islamic militants. The military has been examining various scenarios over the past few weeks.