Tunisia receives first Kiowa Warriors
Deliveries of the remaining 18 aircraft are expected to conclude in March, according to a Tunisian government statement issued on 4 February.
According to the statement, the helicopters were handed over in a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, and will be used to fight terrorism. The aircraft will be able to provide reconnaissance, security, air support, surveillance and targeting.
In May 2016 the United States government approved the sale of 24 ex-US Army OH-58Ds, weapons and equipment to Tunisia in a deal worth $100 million. A wide variety of equipment and weapons will be installed on the OH-58D helicopters that are classified as excess defence articles, including Common Missile Warning Systems (CMWS); AGM-114R Hellfire missiles; M124 miniguns; rocket launchers, and Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) rounds. This additional equipment is worth $44.3 million.
Tunisian pilots began training on the Kiowa Warriors at Roswell International Air Centre in the United States in September 2016. Training was provided by Integration Innovation Inc (I3) under contract from the US Army. 24 pilots and 50 technicians were trained.
READ MORETunisia seeking Kiowa Warrior helicopters
Tunisia to upgrade its F-5 fleet
Sikorsky receives Tunisian Black Hawk contract
Tunisia is also due to receive 12 Black Hawk armed transport helicopters with Battlehawk kits from the United States and last year took delivery of 12 Maule MX-7 light aircraft for border surveillance.
Top stories this week
- Navy dead not included in 2017 National Orders
- Sandu members back at work seven years after Union Buildings protest
- Feature: No golden bullet to eliminate poaching in the Kruger National Park
- SA Legion provides headstone for sailor’s Durban grave
- Nigerian Ports Authority seeks nine patrol boats to enhance port and harbour security
- Fiftieth anniversary of Gazelle’s maiden flight
- Paramount pushing for collaboration to combat West African maritime crime
- Second Ahrlac prototype now at Wonderboom
- Paramount receives ‘phenomenal’ interest in Mwari at IDEX
- Paramount putting Mwari into production
- Paramount looking to growth in the Middle East
- Paramount envisages a pan-African defence industry
- AHRLAC in Upington on long range testing
- Skydiving anti-poaching dog gets Guinness world record
- Singapore commissions Marauder-based PCSV
SA landmine detection pioneer in big US defence contract
by DCD Protected Mobility, 21 April 2017
Boksburg-based DCD Protected Mobility will provide more than 20 of its Husky 2G landmine detection vehicles to the US Department of Defence.
Reutech's RSR 904 radar system used in anti-poaching initiatives in Kruger Park
by Reutech, 21 April 2017
The innovative Kruger Park surveillance technology, the Meerkat, stops poachers in their tracks.
Saab signs support contract extension with British Army
by Saab, 13 April 2017
The deal with the UK's Ministry of Defence includes the provision of support and services to the Direct Fire Weapon Effects Simulator capability.