Togo to receive ex-French Gazelles?


Togo may receive five ex-French Army Gazelle helicopters as the procurement process is being reviewed by the French government.

An industry source told IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly last month that the sale is being reconsidered by the new French government led by President Emmanuel Macron, and that there are now strong prospects for the sale to be approved shortly.

French magazine Jeune Afrique reported in May that the 20 million euro deal had been approved by France’s Inter-Ministerial Commission on Arms Exports, but was being blocked by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs due to concerns that the helicopters could be used against political opponents or civilian demonstrators.