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India Plans to Export Military Aircrafts Tejas planes, Akash missiles, and radar-equipped assault chopper to Africa

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As a means to promote military exports to Africa, Bharat has adopted a comprehensive strategy that combines financing, training, building infrastructure, and soft power efforts with a sales pitch for missile sales. In a bid to facilitate the delivery of Made-in-India weapons, Bharat would help create IT & technical training facilities, schools, health centers, roads, trains, and ports, among other things. Members of the African Union have already received a message from India stating that its domestically produced weapons are considerably more durable and higher in quality than Chinese weapons while also being much less expensive than Western defensive equipment.

External Affairs Minister Subramanyam Jaishankar traveled to Uganda and the Republic of Mozambique from April 10 through 15 to support Bharat’s economic and global outreach programmes. On April 13, he also made a quick visit to Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. The National Forensic Sciences University (NFSU), the first institution of its type in Africa, was inaugurated during the visit and was supported by India. The EAM also looked at a Mozambican medicinal production plant as well as construction projects like roads, bridges, and railroads. Additionally, the Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces received a gift of strong-mobility military automobiles.

Top military leaders and military officials from 31 African Union members attended the first India-Africa Army Chiefs’ Colloquium on 28 March in Pune in support of efforts to increase defense exports as well as capability building. Additionally, from the sixteenth of March to March 29, 2023, the 2nd Africa-India Joint Exercise (AFINDEX) occurred in Pune at the Foreign Training Node, Aundh, with 124 participants from 25 different African nations, including Ethiopia, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, and South Africa.

An “Equipment Display” featuring 75 indigenous defensive goods from 32 local firms was held in conjunction with the exercise.

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A few Defense Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) have also been proposed by the federal government for appointment as promoting export organizations for certain African Union member nations. In addition to heavily armored vehicles, accessibility vehicles, unmanned aircraft, lingering firearms, ammunition, far away patrol vessels, attack aircraft crafts, interactions and surveillance gear, etc., Bharat is offering to export its major home-built instruments and channels, such as Tejas fighters, light combat and utility airplanes, Akash rocket batteries, weaponry guns, Pinaka rocket launchers, as well as other important African Union member allies.

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Engaging India Exim Bank to issue soft Lines of Credit (LoC) to Mauritius, Mozambique, and Seychelles for the export of India-built armaments and equipment is one of the MEA’s primary policy priorities. Exim Bank branches that are dispersed around Africa are looking at how to provide need-based Letters of Credit (LoC) for the sale of aerospace, military, and maritime products to other African nations as well. 

The militaries of Botswana, Egypt, Kenya, Lesotho, Morocco, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia will get medical training and weapons from Bharat, along with other countries in the region. It’s intriguing that Nigeria will be the first nation to use soft credit to purchase an undetermined number of locally constructed Light Combat Helicopters from state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.

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