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Botswana

Feature: Botswana’s Gripen plan highlights need for a defence white paper

Gaborone’s proposed $1.7 billion acquisition of Swedish-built Gripen multi-role jet fighters has drawn sharp criticisms from security analysts, foreign press and domestic political opposition within Botswana.

Botswana to prioritise defence and security spending in 2018/2019 budget

Botswana has listed the defence and security sector as among the five priority spending areas that will share the bulk of the P66.9 billion ($6 billion) 2018/19 budget, a top official has said. The country is seeking a variety of military hardware, from air boats to fighter jets.

Botswana to acquire three used helicopters for anti-poaching operations

The parliament of Botswana has approved a request by the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, Conservation and Tourism for P41 million in emergency funding to cover the acquisition of three used helicopters, nine aviation fuel tankers and radio and communication equipment for use by game rangers involved in anti-poaching operations.

KAI promoting FA-50 in Botswana

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is promoting its FA-50 lighter fighter in Botswana, where it hopes to beat the Saab Gripen as a replacement for the Botswana Defence Force’s (BDF’s) CF-5 jets.

Botswana acquired 300 million euros of French weaponry in 2016

Botswana purchased €304.2 million worth of military hardware from France in 2016, including MICA-VL and Mistral missiles.
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