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10 décembre 2014 3 10 /12 /décembre /2014 17:45
FAZSOI : coopération renforcée avec le Botswana

 

09/12/2014 Sources : État-major des armées

 

Les forces armées dans la zone Sud de l’océan Indien (FAZSOI) ont organisé, du 22 novembre au 6 décembre 2014, trois détachements d’instruction opérationnelle (DIO) et technique (DIT) au profit des forces de défense botswanaises (BDF).

 

Le DIO commando, qui concernait 55 militaires issus de trois unités d’infanterie différentes, s’est déroulé au Centre d’Aguerrissement Tropical de La Réunion. Ce stage leur a permis d’acquérir trois capacités distinctes : la capacité à durer sur le terrain (rusticité), la capacité à endurer physiquement et moralement (résistance), et enfin, la capacité à être autonome dans la mise en œuvre des techniques commandos (compétence). La remise des brevets s’est faite en présence du chef d’état-major de l’armée de Terre botswanaise, le général dedivision Gotsileene Morake et du commandant supérieur (COMSUP) des FAZSOI, le général Franck Reignier.

 

Dans le même temps, un détachement des FAZSOI, armé par le 2e régiment de parachutistes d’infanterie de marine (2e RPIMa) renforcé par le centre médical interarmées de Saint-Pierre et le groupement de soutien de la base de défense, conduisait une action d’instruction opérationnelle ainsi qu’une instruction technique au profit des forces armées botswanaises de la 2ndinfantrybrigadeà Francistown du 22 novembre au 6 décembre 2014.

 

Les BDF poursuivent leur entraînement dans le cadre de la montée en puissance de la brigade Sud de la Force Africaine en Attente et ont engagé des réformes structurelles pour moderniser leur outil militaire.

 

Dans cette optique, le détachement français a dispensé une instruction sur les opérations de maintien de la paix et les savoir-faire tactiques associés : escorte de convois, check point et combat en zone urbaine. Simultanément, des unités et cellules plus spécialisées ont été instruites puis entraînées au secourisme au combat, à l’emploi et au tir du MILAN (missile antichar moyenne portée), aux procédures propres aux tireurs d’élite et à la patrouille de reconnaissance et de combat (« anti-poaching », contre braconnage).

 

Pour compléter ce volet capacitaire, le détachement d’instruction technique armé par la compagnie de maintenance du 2e RPIMa a formé les mécaniciens de la brigade à l’entretien et la maintenance du VLRA (véhicule léger de reconnaissance et d’appui). Parallèlement à cette formation, les militaires ont audité le parc botswanais et œuvré à la remise en service trois VLRA.

 

Les FAZSOI garantissent la protection du territoire national et animent la coopération régionale depuis La Réunion et Mayotte. Elles constituent le point d’appui principal du théâtre « océan Indien », permettant de lutter contre la piraterie ou l’immigration illégale, d’assurer la surveillance des zones économiques exclusives associées à l’ensemble des îles de la zone de responsabilité et de conserver une capacité régionale d’intervention rapide.

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13 mars 2014 4 13 /03 /mars /2014 17:45
Saab opens Botswana office

A Swedish Air Force Saab Gripen fighter jet

 

13 March 2014 by defenceWeb

 

Defence and security company Saab has opened an office in Botswana’s capital Gaborone as it expands its presence on the African continent.

 

Saab is now represented in South Africa, Kenya and Botswana in Sub Saharan Africa and is looking at other African countries to have Saab representation. The group sees big opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa, having already done business in Botswana, Namibia, Kenya, Ghana and Angola.

 

“Botswana has been selected as the third [African] country to open an office in due to its transparent business environment and solid business opportunities for various products in the Saab portfolio,” said Jerker Ahlqvist, who will be heading up the Saab office in Botswana.

 

Ahlqvist explained that the office in Botswana has primarily been established to provide a hub for Saab to increase its presence to market its products and to play a role in further strengthen the relationship between Sweden and Botswana. Opening an office in Botswana also avoids some of the barriers present in a market like South Africa, such as company ownership criteria and black economic empowerment (BEE).

 

One of Saab’s main goals is to grow and break into the Sub-Saharan region. With the growing economy in Africa this expansion has been made all the more important. This is also in line with Saab’s establishment of its ‘Market Area Concept’ which consolidates the markets in which the company is active, Saab said.

 

“With the establishment of the market areas, Saab is expanding on all continents. With the growing economies in many countries in Africa there is a growing demand for defence and security products – and hence, a demand for Saab products.”

 

For instance, Saab hopes to sell its Skeldar unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in Africa, especially for things like anti-poaching, anti-piracy and peacekeeping operations – the United Nations began operating UAVs in the Democratic Republic of Congo last year.

 

At the beginning of last year Saab established the two new market areas of Europe & Greater Middle East and Nordic & Baltic, joining its other four market areas. Saab is focusing on increasing its international presence outside of Sweden in order to create profitable and long-term growth. The company recently announced it was expanding its activities in the naval domain and recruiting new employees, especially for the fields of electronic systems and electronic warfare.

 

Saab has a wide variety of aerospace and defence products on offer, including a range of throwable tactical UAVs, the Carl Gustav recoilless rifle, RBS 70 surface-to-air missile, maritime and airborne early warning aircraft (based on the Saab 340 and 2000), soldier training systems, land vehicle and aircraft self-protection systems, air traffic management systems, radars and more.

 

One of its most successful products is the Gripen fighter jet, which is being offered in the most recent Gripen E version. According to the head of the Aeronautics division of Saab, Lennart Sindahl, Saab has received interest in the Gripen from Botswana. Botswana has also expressed interest in buying FA-50 light fighters from South Korea.

 

Saab hopes to sell between 300 and 450 Gripen C/D/E aircraft over the next 20 years for a 10% share of the global market. Saab said that, apart from being a highly capable aircraft, the Gripen's chief selling point is its affordability, in terms of development, acquisition, operation, and through-life sustainment, which makes it ideal for countries like Botswana and South Africa.

 

One prominent field Saab has experience with in Africa is camp building for peacekeeping operations, having assisted the African Union and the United Nations on the continent. One mission has seen Saab setting up a complete turn-key camp solution in the horn of Africa. The company has also provided maintenance, repair and overhaul activities for vehicles, generators, water purification plants, air-conditioning units and patrol boats.

 

In South Africa, Saab is offering soldier training systems, maritime surveillance aircraft, vehicle protection systems and radars to the South African National Defence Force and provides support to the Air Force’s Gripen fleet.

 

Although Africa is a promising emerging defence market, analysts have cautioned that the continent is a difficult market with little money and complex or poorly defined requirements.

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11 octobre 2013 5 11 /10 /octobre /2013 16:45
Lesotho to host African Standby Force exercise

 

11 October 2013 by Kim Helfrich - defenceWeb

 

A planning meeting currently underway in Gaborone, Botswana, will finalise planning for a major field exercise in Lesotho next October in support of the African Standby Force’s (ASF) further development.

 

According to an AU statement, the three day planning conference of the Amani Africa ll field training exercise is in line with implementation of the ASF Roadmap lll.

 

“The overall objective of the exercise is to validate the capacity of the AU to mandate and employ a rapid deployment capability of the ASF as a start-up operation and to run a full multidimensional peace support operation,” General Sekouba Konate, AU representative for the operationalisation of the ASF said.

 

“By opting to equip the AU with the ASF, African leaders made a landmark decision in the light of the violent and resurgent conflicts that undermine our development efforts while taking a heavy toll in human lives.”

 

The Gaborone meeting is being attended by planners from the AU Commission, the regional economic communities and regional mechanisms for conflict prevention, the EU, UN and other partners.

 

It follows a July decision by the AU Peace and Security Council to operationalise an African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC) as a precursor to the ASF. The decision was taken after an earlier meeting pointed out that lack of a force such as ACIRC could have prevented at least some of the violence that erupted in Mali in the first three months of the year.

 

As with the ASF, the plan is to have the ACIRC fully functional and operational by 2015.

 

While no details of participating countries for next year’s Lesotho exercise have yet been released, Ethiopia, South Africa and Uganda have pledged to implement the ACIRC decision.

 

Plans to establish the ASF have been on the AU Peace and Security Council agenda for more than a decade. AU member countries were slow in committing troops to the ASF, which officially came into being in 2007 when regional countries resolved to contribute troops to the ASG to defend member states from revolts and aggression. It was originally planned to be operational by 2010.

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25 juin 2013 2 25 /06 /juin /2013 17:45
SANDF hosts first SADC surveillance commanders’ course

25 June 2013 by defenceWeb/SA Soldier

 

In a first for the South African Defence Intelligence College (SADIC) officers from nine Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries have successfully completed a surveillance commanders’ course.

 

The eight week long course is designed to give the 17 junior officers attending the practical skills needed to become capable surveillance commanders at sub-unit level.

 

Working at squadron level course attendees went through battlefield surveillance followed by a command and control module before tackling the final modules of warfare and battlefield procedures.

 

This, SA Soldier said, equips them to apply and execute responsible drills as troop commanders.

 

Proof of the willingness of those on course wanting to learn came with a student average of 81% across all modules.

 

Zambian Major Edgar Musanse, course chairman, said on completion of the course that the training was the first of its kind to be presented for the SADC brigade.

 

“The officers before you have successfully acquired the knowledge to see the brigade effectively implement its role in the SADC region,” he told a certificate ceremony.

 

SA National Defence Force (SANDF) director: special acquisitions Brigadier General Raymond Moroane, urged course attendees to maintain contact saying it was “a crucial part” of strengthening bilateral ties and diplomatic co-operation among SADC members.

 

Apart from the host country, South Africa, other SADC member states represented at the first surveillance commanders’ course were Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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