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Sudanese Bo 105 crashes

A BO 105 helicopter.The Sudanese Air Force lost one of its recently refurbished Bo 105 helicopters in a crash that killed one pilot and injured another two on board.

According to Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the helicopter crashed near Kosti city in White Nile State on 16 October due to a technical fault during a training flight.

Sudan acquired 20 Bo 105s from West Germany in 1978, with eight being delivered to the Sudanese Air Force and 12 to the Sudanese Police Force. However, after only a relatively short period of service the fleet was grounded and placed in storage at Wadi Sayyidna air base.

Three Air Force Bo 105s and one Police Bo 105 were recently overhauled by Safat Maintenance Centre with the assistance of the Iranian Helicopter Support and Renewal Company.

Images recently posted on Oryx Blog show an Mi-24P and four Bo 105s being serviced at Safat’s aviation maintenance hangar.

The Safat Maintenance Centre, also known as the Safat Aviation Complex, is part of the Safat Aviation Group. After being opened in 2004, it started overhauling aircraft in 2006. Ethiopia, Iran, Russia and the Ukraine have all provided technicians to help overhaul Sudanese aircraft.

Since the 1990s Chinese, Russian and Iranian companies have helped Sudan develop its domestic military industry after an international arms embargo placed on the country. The Military Industry Corporation was established in 1993 to manufacture weapons and equipment for the Sudanese military and is now marketing its products internationally. Products include main battle tanks (based on Chinese designs), small arms, recoilless rifles, mortars, rocket launchers, upgraded armoured vehicles, ammunition, electronics and uniforms.

In February last year MIC displayed at IDEX its Khalifa-1 122 mm self-propelled howitzer, 120 mm mortar carrier variant of its Khatim-2 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), a mobile version of the Taka 107 mm multiple rocket launcher, the Nimr long-range patrol vehicle, unarmoured Tamal tactical vehicle and Sarsar-2 armoured reconnaissance vehicle. The Khatim-2 is loosely based on the BMP-2 via the Iranian Boraq-2 IFV.

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