Why growing is a pain at Khartoum

Posted 31 March 2021

Khartoum needs a new airport. But, with that project at a standstill, a study has recommended far-reaching improvements to the existing facility in the Sudanese capital.

in Air Transport / Features

Uganda Airlines in it for the long haul

Posted 29 March 2021

While the rest of the world grapples with the Covid-19 traffic downturn, Uganda Airlines will branch out into long-haul operations in early 2021 after receiving its first Airbus A330-800neo.

in Technology / Features

Dragonfly aims to be out of this world

Posted 26 March 2021

South Africa’s little-heralded but substantial expertise in satellites and their sensors is being resurrected by a new entrant.

in Defence / Features

France offers light relief to combat terror

Posted 24 March 2021

The French Government is to assist west African nations in the fight against Jihadist insurgents and terrorists by supplying more Tétras CS and CSM light intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft, writes Jon Lake.

in Air Transport / Features

Aberdairing to do…

Posted 22 March 2021

While many African aviation businesses were grounded during the pandemic outbreak, one Kenyan airline was taking time out to restructure and revise its strategy for growth. It has now come out of the blocks with action rather than words, as Alan Peaford discovers.

in Defence / Features

Senegal set for first CN23MPA

Posted 19 March 2021

Senegal’s first CN235 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) has been ceremonially rolled out.

in Features

What a relief!

Posted 16 March 2021

The need to move Covid-19 relief supplies around Africa has shone a spotlight on the humanitarian missions carried out by two Kenyan airlines.

in Features / Airports

Wild eyes...

Posted 12 March 2021

Whether it’s birds, mammals or reptiles, wildlife populations in and around an airport pose a significant threat to operations. Chloë Greenbank finds out how one specialist company is helping African airports to mitigate this risk.

in Defence / Features

Herculean task for Marshall in Cameroon

Posted 10 March 2021

The five-year contract for the UK’s Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group to maintain the Cameroon Air Force’s Lockheed Martin C-130H tactical transport aircraft has now been ratified.

in Air Transport / Features

Safari tracks a new flightpath

Posted 8 March 2021

International tourism dropped by 72% between January and October 2020, compared with the same period in 2019, according to Kenya’s Tourism Research Institute. It was a body blow for the airlines that focus on supporting the industry.

in Features

The golden Hind

Posted 4 March 2021

It is almost 50 years since the Mil Mi-24 assault helicopter entered service. Today, as David Oliver reports, the Hind is being used in both the Libyan civil war and by Algeria against jihadist militants.

in Defence / Features

Drones over the desert

Posted 2 March 2021

Unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) are becoming a key enabler for African military and security forces in combatting terrorism and armed militancy. The expansion in UAV fleets across the continent has not escaped the Sahel, where the Niger National Guard (GNN) is growing its

in Air Transport / Features

Zambia banks on a long-term strategy

Posted 26 February 2021

Keith Mwanalushi assesses the airline scene in Zambia, looking at latest developments and the challenges of the past year.

in Maintenance / Features

Time for Africa to repair its safety standards...

Posted 24 February 2021

Safety issues, many tied to MRO, have long plagued African aviation. Could this now be changing across the continent?

in Features

Hip replacement?

Posted 22 February 2021

The search for an aircraft to replace the ubiquitous Douglas DC-3/C-47 Dakota has become something of a quest. The Dakota’s mix of rugged simplicity, ability to operate from short, primitive, grass or dirt airstrips, 1,200nm range, 21-32 seat capacity, and close to six-tonne

in Defence / Features

Albatross Czechs in… eventually

Posted 19 February 2021

Prague-based Aero Vodochody recently received three Nigerian Air Force (NAF) L-39ZAs for overhaul and upgrade. Normally, this would have been straightforward but, as Alan Warnes explains, nothing is simple when Covid-19 is involved.

in Air Transport / Features

IATA’s new leaders face a turbulent introduction

Posted 16 February 2021

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is undergoing changing leadership globally and regionally. Alan Peaford reports on developments that will affect Africa.

in Technology / Features

Hi-tech way to keep Africa’s skies safe

Posted 5 January 2021

The Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) is an air traffic control organisation based in Dakar, Senegal. It came into being more than 60 years ago and manages 16.1 million square kilometres of airspace. Vincent

in Maintenance / Features

MROs winging it in hunt for winning formula

Posted 22 December 2020

Covid-19 has shone a light – as if it were needed – on problems in Africa’s MRO sector. There are many strategies but no easy answers.

in Features

Freight takes the load as Ethiopian battles through the virus

Posted 18 December 2020

Africa’s largest carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, has more than trebled its cargo fleet as it battles to navigate through the economic storms created by the Covid-19 pandemic. Kaleyesus Bekele reports.

in Air Transport / Features

Gambia launch is no gamble

Posted 16 December 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic could prove to be an opportunity for aviation entrepreneurs and one company in The Gambia has firm plans in place.

in Air Transport / Features / ATM & Regulatory

Safety management key factor in recovery, says expert

Posted 15 December 2020

Dr Kwasi Adjekum, Assistant Professor of Aviation at the University of North Dakota, USA, has more than 22 years of military and civil flying experience. A native of Ghana, he is an ICAO designated subject-matter expert in flight

in Features / Airports

Erie journey out of lockdown

Posted 14 December 2020

Normally around 11 million passengers per year transit through Cape Town International Airport, making it the third largest in Africa. Now, as Guy Leitch reports, the airport has been brought to an almost complete standstill.

in Air Transport / Features

Sky Mali launches into stormy skies

Posted 11 December 2020

West African start-up, Sky Mali, was planning to launch domestic scheduled flights as African Aerospace was going to press.

in Features

Air Senegal seeks support and revival

Posted 9 December 2020

Senegal’s national airline – Air Senegal – began 2020 with a well-defined strategy and now, despite the ravages of Covid-19, it’s looking to revive its fortunes.

in Features / Airports

Tamale is hotting up

Posted 7 December 2020

Construction of a new terminal at Tamale Airport in northern Ghana, is under way, while the country's main hub at Accra has become a critical hub for supplies to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

in Defence / Features

When the pilot is just one option

Posted 3 December 2020

Efforts to allow unmanned aircraft to fly safely in unsegregated airspace have taken a step forward with the aid of South African company S-Plane Automation.

in Air Transport / Features

Smart Bom

Posted 1 December 2020

Ibom Air is setting a new flightpath for Nigeria’s chronically under-performing civil aviation sector.

in Air Transport / Business Aviation / Features

Africa prepares for second wave of Covid - Osprey

Posted 28 November 2020

Africa is now steeling itself for a second wave of Covid-19 while it is still responding to the first wave. Aviation advisory service Osprey monitors the effect on different countries and today issue a stark analysis of the current

in Features / Airports

Unions come out fighting over Nigeria airport privatisation plans

Posted 26 November 2020

A row has broken over Nigeria’s plans to hand over major international airport terminals to private operators.

in Defence / Features

AHRLAC back to business

Posted 24 November 2020

Production of Paramount Aerospace Industries’ ground-breaking AHRLAC is about to be ramped up as the company prepares to emerge from the final stages of South Africa’s business rescue process.

in Air Transport / Features

Cam and buy me...!

Posted 23 November 2020

Cameroon’s president has ordered that national airline, Camair-Co, should be prepared for privatisation. Alan Dron looks at how attractive the debt-laden carrier might be to external investors.

in Defence / Features

Fighting fit - air arms continue to power up

Posted 19 November 2020

A number of African air forces are making significant improvements to their fighter and other capabilities.

in Air Transport / Features

Carreira's path...

Posted 17 November 2020

Former Angolan Air Force fighter pilot, Rui Carreira, became CEO of TAAG Angola in autumn 2018. No stranger to fast-paced mission-critical decisions, he is now reformulating the 80-year-old airline’s strategy as it battles against Covid-19.

in Features

Morocco begins to rethink its future

Posted 18 September 2020

Before the Covid-19 outbreak, the Moroccan aeronautical and space industry had recorded a growth of more than 20% over the last two years. Now the Group of Moroccan Aeronautics and Space Industries (GIMAS) has launched a debate on the future in the

in Air Transport / Features

Flight of the Navigator

Posted 14 September 2020

Sky Navigator, South Sudan’s newest airline, is helping to open a new chapter in the country’s short but troubled history.

in Air Transport / Features

Dana patches up its strategy

Posted 11 September 2020

Dana Air COO, Obi Mbanuzuo, is no stranger to Nigerian aviation. Over the past two decades he has also held senior roles with Air Nigeria and Virgin Nigeria. Against the backdrop of Covid-19, Mbanuzuo revealed to Victoria Moores how the airline’s strategic plans

in Air Transport / Features

Mendis confident in the post-virus World

Posted 7 September 2020

Ghanaian carrier, Africa World Airlines, is looking to consolidate Accra as a regional hub for west Africa once the Covid-19 crisis has abated.

in Air Transport / Features

Nile's tide is on the turn

Posted 2 September 2020

Even before the current Covid-19 crisis, which has seen airlines all over the world seriously affected, Egyptian airline, Nile Air, had paused its expansion. Managing director, Yossrey Abdel Wahab, explained why to Martin Rivers.

in Features / Airports

Qatari boost for Rwanda’s new airport

Posted 27 August 2020

The future of Rwanda’s new international airport has been given a significant boost by the involvement of Qatar Airways.

in Air Transport / Features

Baptism of fire for Precision’s chief

Posted 25 August 2020

Das es Salaam-based Precision Air’s roots date back to 1987, when a former East Africa Airways pilot set up a crop-spraying operation. In 1993, the airline took on its current name and started operating ATRs. Group managing director and CEO, Patrick

in Defence / Features

Virus adds new twist to Denel survival fight

Posted 20 August 2020

South Africa’s Denel is in the midst of a transformation programme to restructure itself into a profitable company after years of shrinking defence budgets and alleged corruption – and the coronavirus pandemic certainly hasn’t helped.

in Air Transport / Features

Blow by blow - Comair in crisis

Posted 17 August 2020

Wrenelle Stander became co-CEO of South Africa’s Comair in July 2019 and was promoted to group CEO in December that year, succeeding industry veteran Erik Venter. She took the helm at a turbulent time, with a series of exceptional events taking a harsh toll on

in Maintenance / Features

Africa’s fight is on to maintain operations

Posted 12 August 2020

The impact of Covid-19 on African civil aviation has laid bare the weakness of regional maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities, where encouraging signs in one arena are counterbalanced by stumbling performance elsewhere.

in Features / Airports

Madagascar builds for the future

Posted 10 August 2020

Air connections are vital if Madagascar is going to attract foreign investment and develop its trade and tourism industry. Now, as Vincent Chappard reports, many airport regeneration programmes are taking place.

in Defence / Features

Tons of problems for the SAAF

Posted 5 August 2020

The South African Air Force has (quietly) celebrated its centenary against backdrop of worries that it is in “dire straits”.

in Features

Time to take aim at shootdowns

Posted 31 July 2020

Times Aerospace correspondent - Martin Rivers - wants the air transport industry to be worried about shootdowns before – not after – they happen.

in Business Aviation / Features

Marrakesh FBO makes history

Posted 28 July 2020

An enhanced experience awaits business aviation passengers at Marrakesh Menara International Airport.

in Air Transport / Features

Resilience and recovery: Aviation in Africa

Posted 27 July 2020

Mikail Houari – President Airbus Africa Middle East gives his thoughts on the next steps for African aviation.

in Air Transport / Features

Africa could rise stronger from the Covid crisis

Posted 24 July 2020

Africa was late to start feeling the effects of the Covid 19 virus – but a number of its most populated nations were hit with a vengeance. As the continent reels from the pandemic, Alan Peaford argues that emerging from the lockdowns and crisis

in Defence / Features

Massive boost for Moroccan armed forces

Posted 12 June 2020

The Moroccan Government is expected to procure transport aircraft, helicopters, multirole fighters, submarines, missile defence systems, frigates, and armoured vehicles, as the country’s 2020 finance bill increases the kingdom’s national

in Air Transport / Features

Maouloud takes on the challenge at Mauritania

Posted 11 June 2020

The new CEO of Mauritania Airlines, Amal Maouloud, firmly believes in the success and sustainability of the company.

in Technology / Features

Mauritian tech company expanding around the world

Posted 9 June 2020

Maureva, a Mauritius-based company that specialises in the provision of software and follow-up services to airlines, continues to grow internationally with the opening of offices in the Canadian city of Montreal and a further

in Features

The lost world - we're on the case!

Posted 8 June 2020

Lost luggage is the bane of air travel. Chloe Wilson reports on why a comprehensive IT backbone and community-wide collaboration is key for African airports in tackling the issue of mishandled baggage.

in Defence / Features

Tunisian National Guard forms air unit

Posted 5 June 2020

The Tunisian National Guard has formed an air unit equipped with three Bell 429 GlobalRanger helicopters, and this has now been declared operational, writes Jon Lake.

in Maintenance / Features

Building a continent’s competence

Posted 4 June 2020

The African Federation of Non-Destructive Testing (AFNDT) takes a leading role in the expansion of NDT competence on the continent, mainly through training and certification.

in Training / Features

FSI simulator deal is right on Q

Posted 3 June 2020

Demand for simulators across Africa is growing. Keith Mwanalushi looks at a recent initiative to support Q400 pilot training in Kenya.

in Defence / Features

Victims of the battle for Tripoli

Posted 2 June 2020

The no-fly zone over Libya has already claimed victims, writes Jon Lake.

in Air Transport / Features

Triple targets as Tunisair turns to plan B

Posted 1 June 2020

Three years after taking on the top job at Tunisair, Ilyes Mnakbi tells Martin Rivers the flag-carrier is still struggling to turn the corner.

in Business & Finance / Features

A new life of lease?

Posted 29 May 2020

One of the challenges for African airlines is gaining access to suitable aircraft. Now, as Victoria Moores reports, leasing-support company, Six West, has an idea that could help.

in Features

Speed and safety, the twin goals for NAS

Posted 27 May 2020

Akue Come Adovi, director of operations, National Aviation Services (NAS), the ground-handling company operating in Cote D’Ivoire, explains his company’s twin goals of hitting tough targets while maintaining an emphasis on safety.

in Air Transport / Features

US/EU bans stunt Sudan's regeneration

Posted 26 May 2020

Three years after America lifted most sanctions against Sudan, local carriers like Tarco Aviation are still in a fight for survival. Bushra Abushora, the airline’s strategic planning director, told Martin Rivers how the sector is coping.

in Features / Airports

Maun trips the light fantastic…

Posted 22 May 2020

Many people will never have heard of it, yet Maun Airport is one of the busiest in southern Africa. And now, as Alan Dron reports, it is receiving much-needed improvements to cope with growing numbers of travellers.

in Defence / Features

Tactical Texans fit Tunisia to a T

Posted 21 May 2020

The announcement by US State Department that it has approved a possible $234 million foreign military sale (FMS) of 12 Textron Aviation Beechcraft T-6C Texan II trainers to Tunisia will undoubtedly lead to an improved relationship between the two

in Technology / Features

Why $40m investment makes Ethiopian so appy

Posted 20 May 2020

Ethiopian Airlines is investing heavily in information and communications technology (ICT) development to boost its sales revenue. Kaleyesus Bekele reports.

in Technology / Features / People

Start ups flock to Airbus African initiative

Posted 19 May 2020

More than 200 start-up companies from across some 28 countries in Africa applied for a place on the Africa4Future initiative run by Airbus.

in Air Transport / Features

Air Djibouti reveals expansion plans

Posted 19 May 2020

Having re-started commercial services in 2015, after more than a dozen years in the airline wilderness, Air Djibouti is embarking on ambitious plans to expand both freight and passenger services regionally and internationally.

in Features

Getting to grips with teamwork

Posted 18 May 2020

The founding general assembly of west African ground-handling companies took place in Togo late last year. Chukwu Emeke was in Lomé to report on this historic event.

in Air Transport / Features

Is Kane able to take Air Senegal to the next level?

Posted 15 May 2020

Air Senegal is pursuing its roll-out with a well-defined strategy in line with the government’s ‘Emerging Senegal’ plan. Anuradha Deenapanray Chappard met with CEO, Ibrahima Kane, one of the young generation of African leaders ready

in Maintenance / Features

Can African MROs pass this big test?

Posted 14 May 2020

A big challenge of non-destructive testing (NDT), long a staple in aircraft line and base maintenance programmes, is to find the right experts and tools when they’re needed. Innovations in tools and training could help put African MROs on a winning path.

in Features / Airports

The recovery is on for Republic of Congo’s airports

Posted 13 May 2020

The economy of the Republic of Congo, depends almost entirely on oil and, consequently, has been hit hard by the global decline in oil prices since 2014.

in Defence / Features

Nigeria's fleet path to fight terror

Posted 12 May 2020

Nigerian Air Force commander, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, talks to Alan Warnes about modernising the force’s capabilities while, simultaneously, fighting Boko Haram terrorists.

in Air Transport / Features

Silver lining shines through the fog of war

Posted 11 May 2020

Like all Libyan carriers, Afriqiyah Airways is in a seemingly endless fight for survival. But chairman, Mustafa Maatug, tells Martin Rivers he’s full of hope for the future.

in Maintenance / Features

Funding is key in plotting a route to quality training

Posted 7 May 2020

Africa needs a continent-wide response to the growing demand for qualified MRO technicians. The challenge, as Chuck Grieve reports, is navigating a route to harmonisation and standardisation of training.

in Features / Airports

Creating Ethiopia’s super Bole

Posted 6 May 2020

As the national carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, is acquiring new fleet and opening new international and domestic routes, the Ethiopian Airports organisation is trying to keep up with the growth. Kaleyesus Bekele reports.

in Defence / Features

Togo modernises in slow motion

Posted 5 May 2020

The rapid degradation of the security panorama in neighbouring Burkina Faso has served as a catalyst for a limited aircraft procurement effort by Togo. But, as Erwan de Cherisey reports, air force modernisation can be a slow, and often uphill, journey.

in General Aviation / Features

The small aircraft paying big dividends

Posted 4 May 2020

Gyrocopters – also known as autogyros – have become a notable fixture of the African aviation panorama. Erwan de Cherisey reports.

in Business Aviation / Features

New age at Carthage

Posted 1 May 2020

Montasser Channoufi, founder and CEO of Carthage SKY Services, plans to launch a fixed-base operation in Tunisia this year. He told Vincent Chappard that the high-standard services provided will serve the country’s growing business aviation industry.

in Air Transport / Features

Flying the flag for Uganda

Posted 30 April 2020

Cornwell Muleya is no stranger to African aviation, after gaining senior leadership experience at Air Botswana, Air Tanzania, Air Mauritius and Zambezi Airlines. As Victoria Moores reports, his latest challenge has been setting up Uganda Airlines, an ambitious

in Features

The northern flights

Posted 25 March 2020

Helicopters are providing a vital lifeline for most north African air forces. Alan Warnes has been looking at the fleets.

in Features

Why emergency flights must be allowed to go ahead to help combat the COVID-19 crisis

Posted 24 March 2020

As we face a wall of blanket travel bans, why emergency flights must be allowed to go ahead to help combat the COVID-19 crisis, by By Mark Briffa, CEO of Air Partner plc

in Maintenance / Features

How to improve profitability on a data-day basis

Posted 19 March 2020

Strong supply chain management is essential if MROs are to control costs in a competitive environment. Chuck Grieve looks at some of the challenges and solutions.

in Air Transport / Features

Passenger confidence is vital for the MAX to return

Posted 16 March 2020

After being grounded for almost a year, the Boeing 737MAX is being tested and prepared for re-entry to service. Boeing’s managing director for sub-Sahara Africa, João Miguel Santos, talks to Alan Peaford.

in Defence / Features

Adaptable A-Darter homes in on its first production orders

Posted 13 March 2020

A type certificate has been granted for the South African/Brazilian Denel V3E A-Darter infrared homing short-range air-to-air missile (SRAAM), marking the conclusion of the missile’s development, qualification and

in Air Transport / Features

FlyEgypt's MAX headroom for improvements

Posted 12 March 2020

New domestic services, new branding and – hopefully – new aircraft will make 2020 a significant year for FlyEgypt, its CEO tells Alan Dron.

in Defence / Features

Grob lands African ‘first’ with delivery to Ethiopia

Posted 11 March 2020

Late last year, H3 Grob Aircraft completed the delivery of a first batch of Grob G 120TPs to the Ethiopian Air Force. As African Aerospace was going to press, a second batch was expected to be delivered to fulfil the EAF’s requirement for

in Air Transport / Features

It's been a bumpy ride… but now we're ready to take off

Posted 10 March 2020

Air Botswana general manager, Agnes Khunwana, tells Victoria Moores how she is working to stabilise operations and cut costs after a frustrating and turbulent fleet-transition year, which has laid the foundations for future

in Defence / Features

Icarus-X Caravan set to take off in east Africa

Posted 9 March 2020

Belgium’s H3 Defence Solutions was showing off its Cessna 208 Caravan demonstrator – dubbed Icarus-X – at the Dubai Airshow in mid-November. Alan Warnes explains why the aircraft is very much a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

in Air Transport / Features

ACC eyes up further African possibilities

Posted 6 March 2020

Aviation services provider, ACC Aviation Group, is increasingly looking to Africa as a major area of its future operations, writes Alan Dron.

in Features / Airports

Time to get smart in Africa

Posted 5 March 2020

The 28th Airports Council International (ACI) annual general assembly, conference and exhibition took place at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra, Ghana, in October. Chukwu Emeke was there.

in Features / Airports

Hot hubs for African expansion

Posted 4 March 2020

With new airports and terminal expansion projects on the rise across Africa, Chloe Wilson reports on how the competition is heating up in the race to become the continent’s primary aviation gateway.

in Defence / Features

Spartans boost Zambia and Kenya

Posted 3 March 2020

The Leonardo C-27J Spartan is about to enter full operational service with two new African air force operators. Jon Lake reports.

in Air Transport / Features

Ghana accelerates its transformation

Posted 2 March 2020

Ghana’s aviation authorities see huge growth potential in Africa’s air transport industry and have taken giant strides to position the sector to serve as the nation’s economic driver, with the mission of developing a regional aviation hub. Chukwu

in Technology / Features

Watching this space

Posted 28 February 2020

With space-based air traffic management gaining traction globally, Thomas Kgokolo, the interim CEO of South Africa’s Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS), speaks to Keith Mwanalushi about system integration in Africa.

in Features

Can aviation ever be truly green?

Posted 27 February 2020

Can aviation ever be truly green is the question Tom Parsons, low carbon, commercial development manager, at Air BP, looks in to.

in Maintenance / Features

Blade runners

Posted 27 February 2020

Maintenance makes helicopters more expensive to fly than to buy, but they are indispensable in numerous civil roles. Chuck Grieve reviews some of the main players in the African rotary wing MRO business.

in Defence / Features

$1.8bn Russian fighter deal for Algeria

Posted 24 February 2020

A $1.8 billion order for 30 Russian aircraft will take Algeria’s fighter fleet numbers up to 74 – sufficient for six squadrons. Jon Lake reports.

in Features

Tragedy that turned Dr Ola into a Nigerian lifesaver

Posted 13 February 2020

After a personal tragedy, Dr Ola Brown set herself the ambitious task of changing the west African healthcare sector by setting up Flying Doctors Nigeria. Marcella Nethersole reports.

in Air Transport / Features

Wonder Woman

Posted 12 February 2020

Over the past 27 years, Zukisa (Zuks) Ramasia has seen many South African Airways (SAA) CEOs come and go, but she never expected to hold the role herself.

in Features / Airports

Four ways to check in to seamless travel

Posted 29 January 2020

Over the next 20 years, demand for air transport in Africa is expected to double, with 4.6% annual growth predicted – the second fastest of all the International Air Transport Association (IATA) regions. Emad Muhanna outlines the steps that need to

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Time for Africa to repair its safety standards...

Safety issues, many tied to MRO, have long plagued African aviation. Could this now be changing across the continent?

Senegal set for first CN23MPA

Senegal’s first CN235 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) has been ceremonially rolled out.

Zambia banks on a long-term strategy

Keith Mwanalushi assesses the airline scene in Zambia, looking at latest developments and the challenges of the past year.

Drones over the desert

Unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) are becoming a key enabler for African military and security forces in combatting terrorism and armed militancy. The expansion in UAV fleets across the continent has not escaped the Sahel, where the Niger

Hip replacement?

The search for an aircraft to replace the ubiquitous Douglas DC-3/C-47 Dakota has become something of a quest. The Dakota’s mix of rugged simplicity, ability to operate from short, primitive, grass or dirt airstrips, 1,200nm range,

The golden Hind

It is almost 50 years since the Mil Mi-24 assault helicopter entered service. Today, as David Oliver reports, the Hind is being used in both the Libyan civil war and by Algeria against jihadist militants.

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