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The Deutsche Flugsicherung(DFS) which is responsible for air traffic control in Germany reported communication with a Kenyan Aircraft had been lost on the 20th of September, prompting an alert signal to Germany’s Bundeswehr who then dispatched two Eurofighters. According to Aviation Herald, residents on the ground from Landshut to Frankfurt were awoken by supersonic booms of Germany’s Bundeswehr who reported they were dispatching two Eurofighters to intercept an airliner with destination Amsterdam. The aircraft, a Kenya Airways Boeing 787-800 aircraft with registration 5Y-KZE performing flight KQ-118 from Nairobi (Kenya) to Amsterdam (Netherlands), was enroute at FL400 over Germany when communication with the aircraft was lost The aircraft was intercepted and its communications were subsequently re-established and the Dreamliner continued to Amsterdam for a safe landing about 30 minutes later. This interception is a routine SOP for safety and security reasons that is often deployed to escort aircraft that lose contact…

In the wake of escalating diplomatic tensions between Algeria and Morocco, Algeria has this week closed its airspace to all Moroccan civil and military aircraft. Morocco’s national airline, Royal air Moroc has downplayed any significant effects on its operations according to sources, with all affected flights now having to reroute over the Mediterranean. According reuters, an anonymous source confirmed that 15 weekly flights linking Morocco with Tunisia, Turkey and Egypt will be affected The closure also includes any aircraft carrying a Moroccan registration number Algeria cut diplomatic ties with Morocco due to what it referred to as “hostile actions” from the Kingdom, referring mainly to comments made by Morocco’s envoy in New York in favor of the self-determination of the Kabylie region in Algeria. The border between Morocco and Algeria has been closed since 1994

The Kenya Air Force (KAF) is operating Grob G120TP turboprop trainers to boost its training capability following its earlier acquisition of a G120A-K piston engine trainer aircraft which arrived in November and December2of 2013. KAF received the latest batch of three G120TP aircraft from the Grob factory in Germany and arrived in the country on Aug 19, after leaving the factory at Mindelheim in Germany with the delivery flight routing via Crete, Egypt, Djibouti and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, before arriving in Kenya. Although no order from the KAF has been officially announced, two G120TPs were confirmed in service with the Flying Training School’s Training Squadron at Laikipia Air Base, Nanyuki, by May this year. According to Grob, the KAF is now operating nine new G120TPs in addition to its earlier acquisition. The G120TPs is expected to replace the G120A-K piston engine models which KAF operates since November and December of…

The Indian Navy has transferred a Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Dornier 228 turboprop aircraft to the Mauritius Police Force, the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 14 September. The passenger variant aircraft (MSN 4059) was handed over to the Maritime Air Squadron of the National Coast Guard, a branch of the Mauritius Police Force as a loan unit while it awaits the delivery of another new Dornier 228 signed under a contract inked with HAL. It will be the fourth aircraft of the type in their fleet. In an interview published by the Government Information Service (GIS) of Mauritius’ social media page, India’s High Commissioner to Port Louis, Nandini Singla, disclosed that the deal was signed between the two parties earlier in February this year in a meeting between Indian External Affairs minister S Jaishankar and Mauritian Prime Minister Pravin Jugnauth. “As you may know, Mauritius is procuring a…

The Mali Government wants the United States to drop its decision to arm embargo Mali as it awaits the delivery of its second C295 transport aircraft from Airbus. The tactical transport aircraft was ordered in December last year and was to supplement the first C295 already in operation since December 2016. “I have requested the support of these personalities for the lifting of the blockade in order to allow the delivery of the CASA C-295 aircraft acquired with Mali’s own funds,” said the minister of foreign affairs in a Facebook post on his arrival in Bamako after his apparent mission to the US from 16th to 20th August. The aircraft was supposed to have arrived by the end of June this year. According to multiple sources, the US government is arm embargoing Mali for the alleged recruitment of child soldiers by the Malian army, which the Malian government has openly…

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) will begin the acquisition of 24 Italian made M-346 fighter attack aircraft, adding the new fighter jets into its inventory as it looks to offset its older Alpha Jet Fleet. This was announced after NAF received a Federal Government approval for this purchase. Out of the 24 ordered units of the M-346, NAF will take delivery of 12 units this year, with NAF hoping for the remaining 12 units to arrive from next year. “We have already signed agreement for the supply of 12 and be rest assured that we are going to get 12 this year and the remaining ones will be supplied by next year,” said Director of Air Force Affairs, Ashibel Utsu. According to multiple sources, pilots and engineers are to be sent for training at the International Flight Training School of Galatina, Lecce and Decimomannu Air base, Sardinia in Italy. The…

A streamlined and refocused Denel will be able to be a sustainable business and return to profitability within the next five years. This will be done through a comprehensive restructuring of the defence technology company. “We are determined to turn Denel around and repurpose it while retaining the core capabilities required to meet South Africa’s strategic security requirements,” says William Hlakoane, the company’s interim Group Chief Executive. “Furthermore, we are encouraged by the unwavering support that we have been receiving from our shareholder, the Department of Public Enterprises. This is underlined by its acknowledgement that there is a need to assist Denel with regards to its financial situation. Thus, I am positive that the discussions with other government departments that have keen interest in Denel’s survival such as the Department of Defence and the National Treasury will soon bear positive results”. Part of this plan includes reducing Denel’s current operating…

Air Senegal is launching new Dakar-Freetown route via Banjul, Gambia,  a line that consolidates the strategic development plan aimed at linking the two cities of West Africa to Dakar. The flight will operate twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays and is in line with Sierra Leon’s medium term development plan of promoting regional connectivity and was issued by Sierra Leon’s ministry of transport and aviation which granted Air Senegal a foreign operator’s licence to operate in Sierra Leone. Air Senegal made its maiden flight to Freetown on Monday 2, August, with Sierra Leone ambassador to Senegal Alhaji Brima Elvis Koroma aboard who noted that “it is good for regional integration”. The Blaise International Airport based airline will be facing stiff competition from Trans Air, which resumed services from March, 13, 2021 and flies from Dakar-Conakry and Dakar-Freetown flying three times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays as well as…

The Ghanaian Government has completed an agreement to purchase six L-39 next-generation aircraft worth €111 million for the Ghana Armed Forces. The agreement was laid on Monday in the House of Assembly by the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu on behalf of his colleague, Dominic Nitiwul. The deal involves AERO Vodochody AIROSPACE a.s. of the Czech Republic as the supplier of support services which will see the company supplying six (6) L-39 Next Generation (L-39NG) aircraft and the provision of support in terms of products, services, and ground-based training systems associated with the aircraft operation. The agreement has been referred by the Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin to the Defence and Interior Committee for consideration and report. The Ministry of Defence’s Medium Term Expenditure Framework for 2020-2023 highlighted that as of June 30, 2019, the ministry had overhauled three (3) Casa Aircraft for the Ghana Air Force and Two…

Bell Textron Inc., announced today the unveiling of design concepts for new aircraft systems for military applications which would use Bell’s High-Speed Vertical Take-Off and Landing (HSVTOL) technology as the company continues its innovation of next generation vertical lift aircraft. HSVTOL technology blends the hover capability of a helicopter with the speed, range and survivability features of a fighter aircraft. “Bell’s HSVTOL technology is a step change improvement in rotorcraft capabilities,” said Jason Hurst, vice president, Innovation. “Our technology investments have reduced risk and prepared us for rapid development of HSVTOL in a digital engineering environment, leveraging experience from a robust past of technology exploration and close partnerships with the Department of Defense and Research Laboratories.” Bell’s HSVTOL design concepts include the following features: Low downwash hover capability Jet-like cruise speeds over 400 kts True runway independence and hover endurance Scalability to the range of missions from unmanned personnel recovery…