DA42MPP Guardian surveillance aircraft (Photo Credit: Diamond Airborne)


CASA C-295 (Photo Credit: Defense Industry Daily)

The fortunes of the Ghana Airforce seem set to receive a further boost with the induction of new airframes.

Rising from a high-octane session which held on the 20th day of July 2001 which recorded dissenting opinions by members of the parliamentary minority, the Ghanaian Parliament approved the syndication of three loan packages for the procurement of five military aircraft for the West African nation.

The loan agreements  included one for the sum of $105,370,177.09 from the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) which is intended variously for the acquisition of an Embraer E190 jet, including spare parts and accessories and the construction of an aircraft hangar capable of holding three large aircraft.

Two additional loans for the procurement of aircraft for the Ghana Airforce were also approved by parliament. These include a €60,034,636 loan facility from the Deutsche Bank S.A.E. for the purchase of two CASA 295 military transport aircraft and an €11,750 million loan from the Fidelity Bank Ghana Limited for the purchase of two DA42 MPP Guardian surveillance aircraft.

The aircraft are intended for a myriad of strategic operations of the Ghana Air Force including the surveillance of offshore oil production platforms, border patrol and pilot training. Crucially, some of the aircraft would be deployed for the movement of troops on internal security operations and foreign peacekeeping engagements. The Ghana Armed Forces currently rely on civilian jets for the transport of peacekeeping troops to foreign theatres of operation. The acquisitions are said to be in tandem with the 2009-2012 Strategic Plan of the Ghana Armed Forces.

Expressing a contrary view prior to the eventual approval of the loans and acquisitions, Minority Leader, Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu had declared that the legislative would not be privy to the agreements, tabling a paper which was purportedly sourced from internet which alluded to an inflation of the contract sum.

The Ghana Armed Forces have put in spirited efforts to address the paucity of combat and operational assets these past eight years. Transactions recorded in the UN Register of Conventional Arms Transfers show that major acquisitions undertaken by the Government of Ghana over the corresponding period include, but are not limited to, the procurement of the following weapon systems;

*4 units of Chinese-built K8 advanced trainer/light attack jets

*4 units of Mi-17 utility helicopters

*48 units of Chinese-built ZBF-05 Infantry Combat Vehicles

*A mix of 39 units of Ratel 20mm gun-armed Infantry Combat Vehicles and units of Ratel 90mm heavy armoured fighting vehicles(26 units)from South Africa

*4 Ratel self-propelled mortars from South Africa

*20 Tactica armoured personnel carriers from South Africa

*Rinkhals and Casspir mine-protected vehicles from South Africa

Orders have also been placed for a pair of decommissioned German Type S143 Albatros Fast Attack Craft manufactured by Lurssen Shipyards while a request for the sale of Alenia C27J medium-lift military transport planes was made to the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency in September 2009.

Lurssen-built ships have been in Ghana Navy service going back to the early 1980s in the form of two 58metre gun-armed(GNS Dzata and Achimota)FPB-57 and two 45metre gun-armed TNC 45 Fast Attack Craft from this SAME Lurssen Shipyards. An ex-South Korean PKM patrol ship was commissioned into the Ghana Navy as the “GNS Stephen Otu”, early in 2011. Some new-build ships are also expected to be constructed in China. Two 46-metre patrol craft will be constructed by China’s Poly Technologies while an additional pair of similar-sized ships intended for fisheries protection are to be constructed in China for the Ghana Fisheries Department and manned by the Ghana Navy.

These acquisitions occurring simultaneously and with a triservice dimension to them, are on a scale such as has not been witnessed in Ghana for over thirty-five years.

The Ghana Armed Forces have regularly participated in regional and United Nations peacekeeping operations for five decades dating back to the UN peacekeeping mission in the Congo in 1960.





With additional reports from:

“DAILY GRAPHIC” newspapers edition of 21 July 2011.



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  1. jt4 says:

    I thought Ghana was buying the C-27 from Alenia. Why would they buy the c-295 too?

    • beegeagle says:

      According to reports released at the time(September 2009), what happened was that Ghana put it in a request with the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency for four units of Alenia C27J tactical transport planes, not that a contract had been signed. C27Js would serve would serve the same purpose CASA C-295s.

      Well, the proposed C27J deal would have come at a staggering cost of $680m – a unit cost of $170m. My guess, in the absence of firm word from the Ghanaians regarding that proposed deal, is that they are on the verge of opting out of that pursuit which would have been somewhat hard to justify in the face of much cheaper competing brands such as the CASA C295 which would serve the Ghanaians just as well and which are proven brand, going back to the advent of the C235.

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  2. beegeagle says:

    Airbus Military (Accra)
    Ghana: Govt Orders Two Airbus Military C295 Aircraft

    4 August 2011

    The Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Ghana has signed a contract with Airbus Military for the acquisition of two C295 aircraft. The aircraft are to be delivered from the beginning of 2012.

    His Excellency Minister of Defence Lt Gen. JH Smith, said the C295 will enable the Air Force to move troops and other security agencies across the country and within the West African sub-region.

    The aircraft will also be used for medical evacuation, paratrooping, training and humanitarian operations including assistance to organizations such as National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) and the peace mission of the United Nations. The Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Ghana is a new Airbus Military customer.

    The Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Ghana selected the C295 because of its ease of maintenance and proven operational capabilities in any environment, including desert areas. Furthermore, its versatility and adaptability to the most varied type of conditions and operations were other key elements in the selection of the Airbus Military C295.

    Including this new order, today, 85 C295s have been ordered by 14 customers. Over 75 C295s currently in operation in 11 countries have accumulated more than 100,000 flight hours.

    About the C295

    The new generation C295 is the ideal aircraft for defense and civil assistance missions to the benefit of society, such as humanitarian actions, maritime patrol, environmental surveillance missions, search and rescue, aerial photography, amongst others.

    All these special versions are already proven in service, confirming the C295 as the most versatile aircraft in its class. Thanks to its robustness and reliability, and with simple systems, this medium sized tactical airlifter provides wide versatility and flexibility, necessary for personnel, troop and bulky/palletized cargo transportation, casualty evacuation, communication and logistic duties or certified air-dropping capabilities.

    The C295 has the longest cabin in its class, allowing the transport of 71 troops, 50 paratroops or five standard cargo pallets. All these capabilities are complemented with the lowest maintenance and fuel costs in its class, thanks to efficient design and efficient engines.

    Its mix of dual technology civil/military equipment ensure success on demanding tactical missions, growth potential for future equipment as well as compatibility with the latest civil airspace environment. The C295 is part of Airbus Military’s family of light and medium airlifters which also include the smaller C212 and CN235 platforms.

  3. david amu-lartey says:

    When will the planes be delivered ; the other c295, emb raer190, and the two da42 mpp

  4. beegeagle says:


    Government says its comprehensive programme to retool the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), is on course.

    The Vice President John Dramani Mahama, who announced this at the Castle said that Ghana Armed Forces is expected to receive four air planes and four helicopters by the end of the year. He said already one of the airplanes has arrived in Takoradi, the rest will arrive by the end of next month.

    Vice President Mahama said government has already directed Ministries, Departments and Agencies as well as the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to spend within their approved budget.

    He said the directive is to stop the tendency for these government institutions to over spend especially during an election year.


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