The Chinese AR-1 Missile Defeating Terrorism in Africa
The Chinese AR-1 Missile is now being offered alongside a family of Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAVs) such as the Cai Hong (Rainbow) CH-3, CH-4, CH-5 and Wing Loong.
In today’s fast changing technological landscape, having an edge (no matter how small) over any adversary is essential to achieving victory on the battlefield.
Traditional, high-tech military weapons are usually the preserve of Western military powers, such as the United States, U.K, France, Germany and Russia. In coping with this monopoly, African nations are slowly turning towards China to fulfil their military needs. Additionally, the US arms export approval process is usually slow and are attached to political strings.
Unlike the United States, China is not a signatory to the international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), meaning it has little or no restriction on the sales of armed drones and related technologies.
With China still finding its footing in the overall scheme of things in the defense sector however, Chinese sophisticated and inexpensive drones are expected to dominate the global market even though the US still has an upper hand when it comes to drone technology.
For example, the Chinese Wing Loong, a counterpart to the US Predator drone is price at just $1 million while the CH-5, which is one of the deadliest drone in the world cost less than half the price of an MQ-9 Reaper drone ($30 million apiece) but with similar performance.
The AR-1 missile can also be fitted to Chinese attack helicopters. It is highly effective against a wide range of targets like personnel, armoured vehicles, bunkers and infrastructures.
In February 2, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) released a video of an Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UAV) destroying what is believed to be a Boko Haram logistics base.
Egyptian Navy wants Two German Meko A200 Frigate for 1billion Euro
Egypt is negotiating with Germany for obtaining 2 units of MEKO A200 frigate as an alternative to the additional Naval Group Gowind corvettes for 1 billion Euros, according to Le Tribune, a French national newspaper.
The ThyssenKrupp and Blohm + Voss GmbH MEKO A-200 class ships are the next generation of surface combatants evolved from the MEKO-family and offered by Germany for the export market.
The sale of two Meko A200 remains surprising for many observers. First, the price of German vessves are much more expensive than its rivals, including the Gowind. Then, the Egyptians would have asked that she be armed with the MBDA Aster 30. However, the French authorities have always linked the sale of this missile to the sale of a platform or French or Italian.
The MEKO A-200 Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) class frigate features a towed array sonar and a variable depth sonar. Their VLS accommodates surface-to-air missiles and anti-submarine rockets. Up to two light ASW helicopters can be operated from this ship. Eight Anti-ship missiles, 2 RAM close-in weapon systems, and a 127mm naval gun complete the weapon system. The MEKO A-200 ASW frigate includes a 3D phased array radar and a 2D long range search radar. The MEKO A-200 ASW version has been ordered by the South African Navy (MEKO A-200 SAN).
The four frigates were delivered to South Africa between 2006 and 2007. Algeria (MEKO A-200 AN) has also ordered two class frigates commissioned in 2015 and 2016.
MEKO A-200 ASW Specifications
Number of Weapons: 48
Beam: 16.3 meter (53 foot)
Length: 121 meter (397 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 127 millimeter
Max Range: 7,400 kilometer (3,996 nautical mile)
Cruise Speed: 20 knot (10.3 mps)
Top Speed: 27 knot (13.9 mps)
Full Displacement: 3,500 ton