Is Tanzania going to modernize its military apparatus with Russian material?

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Does Tanzania fear that the political, military social and crisis in Mozambique, together with the border delimitation dispute over Lake Niassa with Malawi, sends shockwaves into its country? Is that the reason why  Tanzanian feels the need to update and upgrade the military capacity of its armed forces?

According to The Moscow Times, that seems to be the case, noting that the head of the Tanzanian Arms Ministry reached out to the Russian Military – Technical Cooperation Service (FSVTS), with that purpose in mind.

Tanzania has approached Russia to supply the country’s new weapons and military equipment, state-owned news agency RIA Novosti reported Wednesday.

The director of the Russian Military – Technical Cooperation Service (FSVTS) announced that the east African country was interested in purchasing the entire Mi-17 series of helicopters. They also expressed interest in Russian fighter jets, small arms and armored vehicles.“They [Tanzania] have looked into every supplier and chose Russia,” a FSVTS spokesperson said.

Sobre Eugenio C Almeida

Investigador Associado do CINAMIL (Academia Militar) e Investigador Integrado do CEI-IUl (ISCTE-IUL) - Mais, ver http://elcalmeida.net
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