Asisguard, Havelsan and Nurol Makina have just finalised a deal with the outgoing Nigerian government for the supply of drones, armoured vehicles and electronic systems to secure the Abuja-Kaduna road, which is frequently attacked by armed groups.
Led by Pascal Saguez, the head of the drones and [...]
The Nigerian army has for several months been looking to buy Turkish Bayraktar TB2 drones but sanctions issued by Washington and Ottawa on a key part of the equipment are holding up negotiations. Its only hope for a breakthrough is a 100% Turkish drone that would provide Ankara with its own strategic autonomy.
The Nigerian Air Force, which is looking for attack helicopters to boost its firepower, is currently conducting negotiations with the European manufacturer Airbus and India's HAL. But the Turkish TAI, solidly supported by Ankara, has a head start with its T-129 model.
During his official tour of Angola, Nigeria and Togo from 17 to 20 October, the Turkish president will be aiming to strengthen political and economic ties with the countries of the Gulf of Guinea. Central to this strategy will be promoting the interests of Turkey's defence industry ahead of the Turkey-Africa summit scheduled for December in Istanbul.