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Mali will get extra warplanes, helicopters from Russia

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Mali’s army rulers acquired extra warplanes and helicopters from Russia Thursday, the most recent in a collection of deliveries from its new prime army and political ally.

Eight planes and two helicopters have been counted at a ceremony attended by Russian ambassador Igor Gromyko and the pinnacle of Mali’s junta, Colonel Assimi Goita.

Mali’s army mentioned the cargo included Sukhoi Su-25 assault planes designed to help floor troops; and the Czech-designed Albatros L-39.

L-39s, whereas initially designed for coaching functions, have additionally been used as assault plane.

Bamako additionally acquired Mi-8s, a Soviet-designed Russian transport helicopter that, in addition to transporting troops and gear, might be fitted with weapons to defend floor troops.

Malian officers didn’t give an in depth breakdown of what number of of every plane had been delivered, and whereas they are saying they bought the weapons, they’ve launched no particulars of the transactions.

That is the most recent in a collection of comparable Russian deliveries of army gear, following others in March and August, 2022.

The west African nation has been preventing a jihadist insurgency in addition to a political and humanitarian disaster since 2012.

After the colonels presently in energy staged their 2020 coup, relations with former colonial energy France rapidly broke down, and Russia has stepped in to fill the void.

A number of sources say the junta began bringing in paramilitaries from the Russian group Wagner from late 2021, scary criticism from a number of nations.

The army rulers have denied the allegations, saying it has merely revived longstanding hyperlinks with Russia and its military. It additionally says it’s now taking the struggle to the jihadists lively within the nation, a declare disputed by army specialists.

At Thursday’s ceremony, Mali’s present airforce chief Common Alou Boi Diarra hailed the most recent deliveries as the most recent stage within the “unprecedented” modernisation of the nation’s forces.