POLY TECHNOLOGIES OF CHINA BUILDING 76MM GUN-ARMED LARGE PATROL CRAFT FOR CAMEROON NAVY

Cameroonian and Chinese officials on the fore deck of one of the ships, April 15th 2014, at Qingdao.

PHOTO CREDIT: JOURNAL DU CAMEROUN

REPORT

http://www.journalducameroun.com/article.php?aid=17181

FOOTNOTE:

Even as few details are known about these ships, Poly Technologies delivered four units of 46.8 metre patrol ships to the Ghana Navy in 2011. Each of those ships cost US$19.5 million, two of them paid for by the Ghana Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. They are armed with twin 14.5mm cannons and tasked with oil facilities and fisheries protection duties.

The Ghanaian ships are enlarged and modified variants of the Type 062 Shanghai II patrol craft.

Extrapolating therefrom and given the emplacement of 76mm naval artillery on the Cameroonian ships, my measured guess is that they are at least as large as the 46.8 metre ships sold to Ghana by Poly Technologies or could be as large as 62 metre platforms.

Interesting times around us. Everyone is paying attention to their navy these days.

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57 Responses to POLY TECHNOLOGIES OF CHINA BUILDING 76MM GUN-ARMED LARGE PATROL CRAFT FOR CAMEROON NAVY

  1. Henry says:

    Talking about ships, shouldn’t our 38M NNS Andoni II be launched by now? It’s almost mid-year.

  2. beegeagle says:

    Cameroon are growing their navy. Last December, they took delivery of the following platforms in December 2013

    http://www.cameroonwebnews.com/2013/12/12/cameroon-navy-receives-new-patrol-vessels-landing-craft/

    – a 23m ARESA 2300 landing craft

    – two 24m ARESA CPV 2400 patrol craft armed with 20m cannons and 12.7mm HMGs plus 5.5 metre RIBs

    (you cannot forget that Nigeria took delivery of three 24 metre OCEA FPB 72 Mk.II patrol craft and three 25 metre Shaldag Mk.II FPCs in Feb and Nov 2014)

    – In February 2014, Cameroon were expected to have taken delivery of two 32 metre patrol craft.

    (you probably recall that Nigeria commissioned a Made-in-Nigeria 31 metre patrol craft in June 2012 and a 32 metre OCEA FPB 98 Mk.II patrol craft in March 2014)

    – now these two Poly Technologies ships armed with 76mm naval artillery, after Nigeria placed an order for two 76mm gun-armed 1,800 ton stealth OPVs from China.

  3. Augustine says:

    For many Nigerians who think Nigeria can just kick Cameroon around, let’s look at what reality says. Cameroon has no tank, but has 350 anti-tank guided missiles against Nigeria’s about 150 confirmed tanks (No one has ever seen any T-72 in Nigeria).

    Cameroon has no frigate, but has 15 Exocet anti-ship missiles with 72km range, superior to Nigeria’s 42km range Exocets which are technically faulty and we blamed France for selling dead missiles to Nigeria, while they sold live missiles with almost double our own range to Cameroon.

    A smaller country with a much smaller military force can match a bigger country that has a bigger military, by acquiring the exact weapons that will neutralize the bigger power. That is how Cameroon is armed by France, strategic advise from the French military advisers in Cameroon I guess.

    Nigeria should not take Cameroon for granted, we just ‘threatened’ them over Boko Haram issue, and they are buying weapons close to Nigeria’s level of capacity instead of arming well to fight Boko Haram in it’s territory or is it Chinese OPV that Cameroon needs now to kick out Boko Haram that has made a new home in it’s territory? You don’t need to guess whom they are buying OPV to match. Equitorial Guinea has not been a war threat to Cameroon, it’s always Nigeria that threatens Yaounde and Douala.

    Admiral Ola said this month that NNS Aradu has experts ‘working’ on it. The working is not defined. Are we going to strip down the ship my removing the expired or nearly expired missiles on board to convert Aradu to OPV like the Kenyan navy did with her own Otomat missile armed warship?

    See, Nigeria is a star in Africa, and a star needs protection because of envy and hatred from those who don’t shine the way you do. Better we put hands into NNPC and CBN reserve accounts to pump $1 billion into each of our three armed forces for 2014-2016 heavy weapons purchases alone.

    Nigerian navy should abandon it’s current coast guard ‘No missile’ status of ‘Gun boat only’ arsenal, and just dust Cameroon by buying one Chinese Type 054A Frigate and two Type 039 Song class diesel submarines for about $250 million each. The Cameroonians will find it very hard to match that, unless they want to bite more meat than their mouth can chew by spending $750 million on those 3 vessels.

    The conventional sea threat against Nigeria is increasing daily, I have been raising this alarm, we are just arming against pirates when our oil and gas life-line can be cut off by one single enemy submarine or a single FREMM frigate from Morocco.

    You cannot acquire a frigate or submarine overnight if war happens. It is impossible, takes years to build them, and second hand is rare in the market, even then it takes at least one whole year to master the use of a submarine or frigate.

    Nigeria is a bright star under threat , we better protect ourselves, see the frigates, destroyers and submarines Algeria, Morocco, South Africa have bought, now Cameroon is joining the race. Don’t be shocked if Cameroon arms it’s new OPVs with 180km range Exocet missiles from France, then they can sink the whole Nigerian navy in a few hours.

    • doziex says:

      Oga Augustine,
      You have said it all.
      Nigeria’s arrogance and nonchalance would have us falling prey to one of our Lilliputian neighbors one day.

      If Nigeria equips itself with an armed force that befits it’s status, then it wouldn’t matter what Ghana, Cameroon or guinea Bissau does, they simply wouldn’t be able to keep up with Nigeria.

      We should be on par with south Africa, morocco, Egypt, Ethiopia and Algeria.

      Instead of matching our tiny neighbors ship for ship.

      I guess the day we get tired of eating shit, we will wake up.

  4. beegeagle says:

    Okay, the EXOCET missiles on the two 48 metre Patra LPCs which I believe that these Chinese-built vessels (certainly not OPVs in the real sense and most unlikely to be anything larger than 400 ton affairs) are intended to be long-term replacements for, were deleted as long ago as the late 1990s during a midlife upgrade exercise in France

    http://www.hazegray.org/worldnav/africa/africa.htm

  5. drag_on says:

    I am indeed a bit worried about our preparedness for war. As someone said, ‘if you want peace prepare for war’. A growing economy will always be a target for destabilization from much more developed economies under threat from it. We have to recognise this if we want to maintain growth.It is no longer about the different tribes; hausa,ibo yoruba,igala,efik,ijaw etc. It is about other countries jealous of us,and their proxies determined to pull us down.We have to grow up and behave like a continental power we are becoming (no longer just a regional one). We should expect external enemies.We have to review our security and military spending, and the funding methods.The untaxed sector has to start paying,and the Government has to be more responsible.Since the re-basing the world media spot-lite is on us, but also, we have entered the playbook of the big bad boys and that table is brutal and unforgiving of those who don’t know “what’s up”. We rejoice in jumping quite a number of economies to about 26th place,but have we asked ourselves. What is the military and security framework of those countries we jumped like, and also those whose group we have joined?
    Nations like, S.Arabia $700B, Switz. $600B. Iran $550B. Sweden $520B. Norway$500B. Poland/Belgium Argentina.>$470<$500B.
    S.Africa.Denmark,Malaysia,Singapore, Hong-Kong, Egypt,Pakistan,Ireland,Portugal, Algeria Ukraine etc all smaller economies.
    We have the largest economy in Africa,but is our Air-force among the top 5? Nations like Angola,Uganda,S.Africa,Ethiopia,Eritrea( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eritrean_Air_Force ),Sudan, Morocco,Algeria and Egypt have air-forces that would make us struggle.
    Our Navy has quite a way to go to compete with the North African Navies and those of S.Africa.
    The truth is, the current world order is what we are hiding behind ( the assumption that we will be defended by the world powers if threatened). Well, assumption is the mother of all defeats. If the order collapse we will be found with our pants down.
    African Nations are arming up,but more importantly they are learning the new doctrines required to use those arms,let us not be left behind or we will be divided amongst our conquerors afterall we are a great prize for any invader.
    Nonetheless, it is laudable that our Government want to go the 'build it yourself' way,but while doing this let them not forget their primary responsibility to us. Defend us,secure our lives and property from external and internal threats, both current and foreseeable, to the best of your ability.

  6. beegeagle says:

    There is something fundamentally worrisome about those who suggest that we should wait and respond to threat matrices as they unfold.

    So I can never be at peace with anyone who does not know that if we do not push for the acquisition of submarines, frigates, air superiority jets and area defence missiles today, we are going to need a minimum of two years to react if we wait until the threats manifest.

    There is something PRE-EMPTIVE about a country’s defence posture which makes it imperative that we look beyond the apparent. If we choose to fixate on counterpiracy assets, have we done well even on that? A decade after we began to feature as one of the Top 3 piracy hotspots, we have not managed to get in sufficient numbers of OPVs. So if caught up in a war and in need of sterner assets, what is to say that our acquisitions shall keep pace with unfolding exigencies? Does the provisioning for COIN and CP operations in the Northeast and the Gulf of Guinea suggest that we would be able to do better with procurement if caught up in a shooting war with another country?

    We do need to take our offensive and defensive acquisitions very seriously before we become a real paper tiger.

    • rka says:

      Seconded Oga Beeg. I fear it is taking too long to secure orders for LPD’s, Destroyers, Frigates/Corvetes, Replenishment Vessels and Submarines.

      Our Ogas at the top who hold the purse strings must relax them pretty quickly, otherwise we will find ourselves pretty much unable to defend ourselves from a detrmined enemy.

      Nobody knows what is around the corner, that is why it is better to be prepared and make hay by these aquisitions while the sun shines, otherwise we will be groping about in darkness if the not so unforseen happens.

  7. rka says:

    *LPDs, *determined.

  8. beegeagle says:

    http://www.china-defense-mashup.com/new-cameroonian-naval-vessels-under-construction-in-china.html

    There is not much by way of footage that is available as it concrrns this affair when compared to the splash of photos seen online when one of the Nigerian P18N stealth OPVs was launched last January.

  9. Solorex says:

    We fail to see how much neglect as cost us-we hope to see mistakes of over 20 years corrected withing a decade-it does not work like that!

    There is a big difference in been armed momentarily and having the capacity of staying armed when it matters most- we have fallen into this trap before, so for now we are threading cautiously on the soil of procurement. You can find funds and buy hundreds of T90s, BTR3s ,Several Mi24 gunships,C803 missiles and about 30 coin Aircraft in one year- any body can write cheques-but what happens afterwards? how do you maintain them and keep them functional and relevant? where is the mass expertise for maintaining such a huge quantity of platforms going to com from? This cannot happen in a decade- it will take decades!

    Capacity has to be built steadily over the years and induction of new platforms must necessarily take into consideration the existing capacity to maintain and sustain usability. Capacity is been built slowly ( the pace can be much better) and we are catching up(painfully slowly though). NAF as developed in country maintenance of some old platforms( something they should have done some 15-20 years back) We have foreign technical partners helping out with Russian type gunship maintenance in house,NA is now refurbishing Anti Aircraft gunnery and APCs locally-Agreement already in pipeline to mass manufacture Chines type APC at DICON, NN is building seaward defense boats and would soon be completing a partially built OPV(which i suspect will be armed with ASM). When we bought our famous F7s (NAF official crash machines/Widow maker)- It was the closest thing to a Modern interceptor Aircraft that NAF as seen or know anything about (Mig 21) in over 20 years. So we bought in small quantity (12) as a stop gap to revive a comatose organization (then) but now we are all jazzed up for a 4th gen platform. We are talking 4 OPVs (2 Yankee dash and 2 Shinco) and 8 mid size platforms in 3+ years! that is not bad by any standard! Think of where we shall be in the next decade if these capacity building is sustained!

    • drag_on says:

      Oga solorex,
      We can afford it, previous civil administrations could afford to maintain a top notch military and Obasanjo splurged money on the air-force on his return.
      Our defence collapsed because of sanctions by the west,not paucity of funds.
      The period of our financial constraint occurred when we spent a lot of money on debt repayment but that is in the past.
      Today,DEF-SEC is fighting over pennies while the politicians eat in pounds.we need to reign in their lust for money at the expense of our security.I can understand your argument if the politicians were not wasting the resources that we have.
      Aside from this,our tax base is miserable in comparison to the GDP and has to be improved.
      Lets not forget 2% of $500B is $10B. This is the universally accepted level of defence spending(2% of GDP),right now we are under 1%. I think.The U.S. and Russia are spending 4%of GDP which in our case would be $20B.
      We are inviting agents of destabilisation with our poor regard to security.
      If the U.S was to collapse today will you still feel safe?

    • rka says:

      Oga Solorex, nobody is saying we shouldn’t build up capacity, but we are taking too long. Capacity building doesn’t stop one re-arming directly at the same time.

      We have trained personnel, with more in training to man and maintain various platforms. Some new equipment can be purchased with a short term maintenance contract with the manufacturer until we are up to speed with doing it locally.

      Are the other African countries holding back and refusng to buy advanced equipment because they are worried they won’t be able to maintain them? A big fat no.

      There is nothing like deterrence. One or two missle armed Destroyers or Frigates with a couple of submarines thrown in would go a long way in keeping our shores secure. After all, we are supposed to have had men trained in submarine warfare in Pakistan or is that just for paper certificates or to tick boxes?

      We all want what is best for the country and like many instances over the years, we fail to prevent the obvious and end up lamenting the “incompetence” of the navy when and if they don’t rise up to a specific challenge in future.

    • doziex says:

      Oga solorex,
      We have being building capacity since the 70’s.

      Capacity is built, then it’s allowed to decay.

      Again, again and again.

      An airmobile capacity was set up around 2 puma helicopter squadrons and the Bo-105s for armed attack.
      Today, we need it, but it decayed over the 90’s.

      NN has supposedly trained a nascent submarine crew in Pakistan, but with no investment in subs, those skills are currently decaying.

      God please grant us leaders with vision.

    • asorockweb says:

      Great summary and foresight.

  10. beegeagle says:

    Again, the fact that they manufactured by Poly Technologies who are specialists on the Type 062 patrol craft and its derivatives, makes me think that these could be 46.8 metre sister ships of the Ghanaian variants.

    The other ship which came to mind was the 648 ton Durjoy class mini-corvettes of the Bangladesh Navy.

    That is a 64 metre ship that is thought to be a downsized variant of the Type 056 corvette. However, the said Durjoy class, Type 056 corvettes and our P18N stealth ships are produced by the CHINA SHIPBUILDING AND OFFSHORE CORPORATION ….not by POLY TECHNOLOGIES.

    So let me err on the side of caution and posit that the Cameroonians got enlarged Type 062 Shanghai II patrol craft from Poly Technologies.

    • drag_on says:

      Very true, i think the numerous exercises in the gulf of guinea over the years has exposed the weakness of many west-African navies,and conversely the capability of the west. This is most likely the response to those exercises.

  11. Augustine says:

    @Solorex my brother, a Nigerian Navy that once has 9 warships all heavily armed with Otomat 80km to 180km range AShM, Exocet AShM, Aspide BVR SAM 45km-75km range, Seacat SAM, now reduced to a dead missile or expired missile, gun boat only navy, is not a navy but a coast guard.

    With all those 9 missile armed ships we had in the past, Nigeria does not need many years to learn how to arm a navy with missiles.

    NAF ordered F-7 jets almost 8 years ago, all delivered 4 years ago. How long does it take a country of 10 million university graduates to graduate an air force from F-7 jet to Su-30 second hand Flankers?

    Boko is shocking us today, who knows who will shock us tomorrow? It could be conventional nation vs nation war we face next. Ukraine never expected to be attacked by her Russian ally !

    Nigerian military firepower is far below that of about 10 fellow African countries. We are only giant of Africa by population and paper GDP, in physical power show, tiny new born nation Eritrea will bring Nigeria down to her knees with a squadron of MiG-29 Fulcrums and Su-27 Flankers armed with BVR missiles.

    Why should a giant risk being humiliated by a dwarf?

  12. Solorex says:

    Our building process as been very slow but it is gathering momentum ( believe me). I seem to like this new policy of expanding local capacity first before procurement. In three years time, we shall be the only country in West Africa capable of manufacturing 1000 ton+ craft in house ( courtesy of Upgrade contract for Naval dockyard to finish of second OPV from China),We shall be actively rolling out APC( remember the days of Steyr in Bauchi?)- I have a feeling that an assembly line is either waiting to be delivered or is been manufactured and that is why we have not really procured en-mass lately; We already manufacture Bullet proof vest ( thou it needs to be improved to meet military specs), I am also looking forward to a new rifle ( everybody is tired of AK47/OBJ006-still did not know why they ordered a new production line for an old riffle already due for replacement;on the brighter side we are no longer buying Shinco AK again) now that DICON is alive and perhaps a Chinese version of RPG27 to replace or locally manufactured RPG7. We are building strongly albeit slowly and getting right the basics for the first time.We also have a few local private companies venturing into APC manufacturing and Patrol Boats – these will definitely get better. We are waiting to see a local upgrade program for the reminder of our moribund T55

    However, I agree greatly that we need to make some important procurement as a stop gap measure in-case of a large scale conflict and also to tip the balance in our favor in our COIN operations. But i would not wish that the building process be abandoned and we go back to the tradition of “use till wreck, then wait for messiah to replace”

    We can buy like Middle eastern countries- buy with a huge support and technology transfer contracts-which might negate the gains of what we have already achieved.

    • doziex says:

      Oga solorex,

      Omoh check this out.

      We are waiting for our T-55 to be Upgraded, while Uganda already possess 130 or so T-90 tanks.
      My country tis of thee.

      • Henry says:

        Oga doziex, uganda only has 44 T-190’s, not 130 as you claim.

      • doziex says:

        Check the archives of this blog, the purchase was covered here.
        They bought 31 1st then another 90 was delivered.

      • Henry says:

        Oga doziex, according to SIPRI’s recently released arms transfer report, Uganda have received only 44 T-90’s from russia. Not 130 as you claim.

        The report is free to download from google.

      • doziex says:

        Oga henry,
        according to the army guide link that was posted on beegeagle’s blog on april 13 2013,

        Uganda signed a contract for 100 T-90 tanks valued at 340,000,000 usd or 3,400,000 per tank.

        From my knowledge of the UPDF’s orbat, they already possessed 31 T-90s prior.

        Total = 131 T-90 tanks.

      • doziex says:

        Oga Henry, I stand by the 130 figure I mentioned.

    • beegeagle says:

      Er, I suspect that in no distant time, we shall have the TATA assembly line in Lagos rolling out TATA MRAPs.

    • asorockweb says:

      Oga Solorex,

      I hope the policymakers are actually thinking the same way you are.

      Apart from making all necessary purchases for the fight against BH, I am in favor of this approach.

  13. Augustine says:

    @Solerex, I read and copied you. NAF stop gap is F-7 jet.

    Question are Nigerian army Swingfire ATGM expired or still serviceable? Does our army need stop gap weapons to replace Swingfire and Roland that has too short a range for ‘national air defense backbone’ ?

    Could you please suggest stop gap measure armament for Nigerian navy pending the time we get full frigates and submarines? I am curious to know, and we might give new ideas to our government and MOD through this forum. Thanks.

    • Solorex says:

      The last SwingFires were manufactured over 2 decades ago and kept in services by British upgrades till early last decades when it was replaced in British arsenal by Javelin and then decommissioned- it safe to say our are very long gone! More so it is manually steered-no seeker or sensor head-in modern warfare Its like an RPG 7 with extra boom power-The Rolands on the other hand was intended for a short range air defense cover for Amoured columns in NA service or point defense(It was never really an high end fear inspiring platform-even when it was bought-We never had a a national air defense back bone). For these- we really don’r need a stop gap, we need re-organization of our ground forces,creation of dedicated Arial denial corps ( whatever name you give them) and standardization of our long range,short range Arial denial system. The only Air defense we have now are the Shilkas and AAA guns-next to useless save you a fighting boko haram-they are just motorized machine guns firing big bullets. We can do a mix of Chinese and Russian for the Air defense systems-Chinese for the cost,Russian for great technology and the fact that usually Three or Four More countries can provide you with after sales service-Tunguska or Pantsir-S1 for infantry and amoured column protection -under army control( do we really yet have any serious amoured columns to be protected?) and S300/HQ9 long range under the control of dedicated corps for cityscape defense. These are very tall dreams for now.

      The stop gaps for Navy are the American Dash cutters and refurbishment of older platforms for the past few years- We have 2 OPVs on order already- We have a botched deal for 4 OPVS from India which will most likely be revisited soon or out rightly awarded to another EU contractor hopefully,We have eight 40m patrol boats (sentinels)for coastal patrol on order from South Africa. Aradu is undergoing refurbishment-The navy has never done this great in 2 decades!

      If we cant maintain or upgrade T55 tanks locally-how are we going to survive with the T90s? wont they become a pile of metal burden in less than a decade? I say we buy more T72s and have them locally up-gunned and technologically pimped by great foreign contractor for tech transfer purposes.

  14. makanaky says:

    Do we need security, peace and progress or do we need macroeconomic/ microeconomic indices certified by IMF ? Enough of no money for this or no money for that Please we are under siege Mr President !

  15. Augustine says:

    @Solerex, I get your drift. Clear to me Nigeria is NOT among the top ten military powers in Africa today, Nigerian army likely has no ATGM and surely has no air defense shield beyond 6km range, and the Nigerian Navy will remain a coast guard level until further notice. I apply to join Police instead, I will be safe there.

    • Solorex says:

      He hee: Oga Augustine,no join NPF Oh! your police station will be the first point of call if Armed robbers want to raid banks in your Area-your only protection will be the building blocks of the station(no SWAT,No safe room),If you Jam boko boys on patrol -better start singing”Lord here I come”,Don’t Join customs-serious minded smugglers carry SMG and there are no patrol APCs for customs,Don’t Join NSCDC cos pipeline Vandals carry enough ammo every time and they don’t rely on charms or prayers…..keep faith with the military,

      We shall arm those OPVs with missiles soon and they will be frigates, NNS Aradu is been rebuilt. We have procured new COIN fighters secretly to replace the A-Jets, our 4th gen fighters are nearly done in the microwave of procurement. We are about to start manufacturing APC. DICON will manufacture the Chinese version of RPG-27 which will becomes our standard anti-armour weapon.

      ……….Nigeria is not interested in been in the Top Ten,we have better things to do like dealing with Boko Haram and electioneering. …About The national Defense backbone,,,we are busy doing national Power backbone ( expected to last for half a century)…..How can we have time for defense again na……are you planning to buy planes for Boko Haram?

      Beyond the Satire, The Military is steadily progressing in a right direction-we shall see a brand new military in few years time.

      • beegeagle says:

        WORDS ON MARBLE

        – We shall arm those OPVs with missiles soon and they will be frigates.

        – NNS Aradu is being rebuilt.

        – We have procured new COIN fighters secretly to replace the A-Jets

        – Our 4th gen fighters are nearly done in the microwave of procurement.

        – We are about to start manufacturing APC.

        – DICON will manufacture the Chinese version of RPG-27 which will becomes our standard anti-armour weapon

        COMMENTARY

        * I think the issue of the OPVs being upgraded to light frigates makes sense. It was apparent from the F-series pennant numbers allocated to them. Given our very slow rate of fleet renewal, it was clear that those OPVs, derived from the Type 056 corvette and enlarged to incorporate hangars, were likely to come out differently. What with the in-country expansion of shipyard facilities at PHC and the completion of the ships in a partnership between two secretive operators – China and Nigeria

        And beyond that, I am almost certain that the shipyard shall not only allow for the maintenance of ships but also be the precursor to the construction of more Type 056 corvette/P18N stealth OPVs.

        * NNS Aradu coming back to sea in stern form

        * new coin aircraft…the 4G ALX Super Tucano

        * 4G jets…God give us a mix of six Su-30 air superiority jets and the JF17 Thunder jets.

        * APC…that could be the Chinese WZ-551 which would best replicate the French VAB and is good to go for desert and other tropical theatres.

        * good one on the RPG-27..great addition.

  16. beegeagle says:

    There is a wave of naval rearmament taking place in the Gulf of Guinea and reaching out into non-contiguous parts of West Africa – as far as Senegal.

    BENIN

    Took delivery of three 32 metre OCEA FPB 98 Mk.II patrol craft in 2012-2013

    GHANA

    Have since 2010 taken delivery of

    – a 36 metre ex-Korean Chamsuri class patrol craft in

    – four 46.8 metre Poly Technologies of China patrol ships

    – two ex-German 58 metre patrol ships

    SENEGAL

    Senegal have gone into panic mode in their quest to ramp up midshore patrol assets within the limits of what they can afford. Last I checked, the following assets were on order;

    – Raidco Marine 33 metre long RPB 33

    – Raidco Marine 45 metre FPV

    – four 32 metre OCEA FPB 98Mk I

    – an ex-Spanish Navy 32 metre Conejera class patrol craft

    TOGO

    – have two RAIDCO Marine 33 metre RPB 33 patrol craft slated for delivery in 2014.

  17. Oje says:

    Nigerias Naval aquisition within the last 5years eclipses those of the combined Navies of the next 16 West African Stated. The Aradu and Thunder are unmatched in West/East/Central Africa in range and sophistication. Its the Only Navy in West Africa with an air arm and a sizeable Special Forces. Last year she was the onlyAfrican Navy at the Australian NavalSea ceremony. With planed weapons upgrade and make use of existing sattelite technology they can bombard Yaounde round the clock.
    anddurveillance

    • doziex says:

      Oga Oje,

      You missed the orders equatorial guinea, our fellow oil producer has being placing.

      2 barroso frigates, a Ukrainian opv, 3 south Korean corvettes, 3 isreali opvs, several shaldags etc etc.

      No childs play.

  18. beegeagle says:

    Since 2009, we have placed orders for and/or inducted (vessels over 20 metres)

    * five 25 metre Shaldag FPCs

    * three 24 metre OCEA FPB 72 Mk.II patrol craft

    * a 31 metre Made-in-Nigeria NNS Andoni

    * a Made-in-Nigeria 38 metre patrol craft

    * a 32 metre OCEA FPB 98 Mk.II patrol craft

    * two 38 metre Suncraft Sea Eagle Mk.II Offshore Patrol Craft

    * the 3,250 ton NNS Thunder

    * the incoming 3,250 ton ex-USCGC Gallatin

    * two 1,800 ton P18N stealth OPV complete with hangars+helipads

    The most significant acquisitions elsewhere in West, Central and East Africa being the 1,300 ton Bata OPV (plus two 500 ton Israeli-built OPVs and a 2,300 ton Barroso corvette on order) in Equato-Guinea, a 1,400 ton OPV KNS Jasiri in Kenya (plus a 350 ton LPC gifted by France), two 400 ton ex-German ships in Ghana and two 909 ton Fisheries Patrol Vessels in Angola.

    The rest of the noteworthy ships acquired across the region are 100-250 ton vessels.

  19. Tope says:

    I have a Friend currently Serving on F-90 as an Officer would check wit him to know how far Gallatin and Mcdonnel, plus If any Further Re-amarment but I doubt he will talk but who knows….

  20. beegeagle says:

    Oga Doziex, a lot has been cleared up since talk of multifaceted acquisitions first cropped up in 2010. As far as I can see, here is what is certainly confirmed and here also is the speculative..

    CONFIRMED

    * the OPV designed and built in Ukraine and Bulgaria is the 1,360 ton “BATA”

    http://www.beegeagle.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/equatorial-guinea-navy-flagship-the-bulgarian-built-1360-ton-opv-88-bata/

    * ONE Barroso corvette is confirmed, contract signed when their President visited Brazil in 2011 or so

    * two 62 metre, 500 ton OPVs built by Israeli Shipyards CONFIRMED and delivered in February 2011

    * two Shaldag FPCs confirmed and delivered around 2008…one unit and a Mi-24V were actually used to pursue and defeat fleeing invaders who came from the Niger Delta in Feb 2010.

    * one 50 metre Large Patrol Craft made in Ukraine and believed to be a sub-400 ton affair, delivered around 2008.

    SPECULATION

    * three ex-Pohang corvettes..subject broached, no follow-up action indicated on ANY front, no Korean decommissionings and no reported contract signings since 2010

    * talk about three Israeli corvettes mentioned..no records to show any signings. The six 72 metre Sa’ar mini-corvettes which an unnamed country placed an order for and which was reported by ISS are believed to belong to ROMANIA while the six Shaldag FPCs are believed to be an order from GUINEA (Conakry)

  21. beegeagle says:

    Quoting Russian sources whose language content cannot be translated, WIKIPEDIA also logged the following

    “Uganda: 44 T-90SA, as of 2011. Tanks were delivered in 2011 as part of a contract signed in 2010.”

    That is what I have been able to find, documented and unarguably netted.

    The original idea was that they had a contract for 100 T90 tanks. That was reported in the global defence media.

    http://www.beegeagle.wordpress.com/2013/04/13/uganda-peoples-defense-force-in-us340-million-deal-for-100-units-of-t90s-main-battle-tanks/

    Depends on whether or not there has been a glitch somewhere…renegotiated contract, money problems or whatever. These things do happen. Lately, the Iraqis had a contract for L159 jets revised downwards a contract in favour of concurrent deliveries of TA50 Golden Eagle jets.

  22. die9myte says:

    Oga Beeg & Generals, Pls sorry from deviating from the subject matter here but I just want to confirm something,it has been goin round on the social media but I choose not to bring or state the article here,so as to avoid unecessary argument like Nnamdi and co did. This below is a quote from the article.
    “”Our reporter learnt that three separate army units, which are supposed to have different camps and areas of operation, have been kept in one military base along Mubi Road in Mubi local government area of Adamawa State for a long time.
    The units are the Special Operations Battalion, SOB; Forward Operation Battalion, FOB; and Task Force Mike, TFM, which are all camped in the same base in Mubi. “”
    But is there any unit like Forward Operation Battalion,FOB ???? I do only hear of Forward Operation Base,thanks.

  23. beegeagle says:

    And the confused narrator was writing like he just discovered Eureka. Lol. There is no Forward OP Bn. What we have are Forward Operating Bases. Each one is typically a company-sized unit detached from the main body of a battalion or regiment for operational expediency. There are Special Operations Battalions which deployed to Damaturu and Mubi respectively in 2012 and 2013.

    Mubi was not a garrison town before this WoT commenced but it is such a big market town with a popular polytechnic which lies in the Mandara Mts area and is locked tight on the border with Cameroon. It plays host to the biggest cattle market in West Africa. Merchants from Cameroon, the CAR, Chad and Sudan heavily patronise the market which has lately been under BH threat. So the NA decided to situate the permanent garrison of a battalion at Mubi, one of about fifteen towns such as Ado Ekiti, Ibodi-Ilesha, Oturkpo, Kafanchan, Azare, Serti, Doma etc which shall become garrison towns. That is BESIDES the formations under the new 7 DIVISION – 5 Bde, 12 Bde and 37 Bde and their battalions and regiments – which shall play host to new units.

    Per se, there is nothing wrong with having more than one unit in one place. That is why the NA variously have CANTONMENTS and BARRACKS. Cantonments host more than one battalion or regiment. That could be on the cards for MUBI. Nextdoor in Borno, there are two cantonments and several barracks dotted around the state. The said two cantonments each play host to an armoured battalion and an artillery regiment.

    That is the story, bro. The Special Ops Bn, Task Force Mike and the said FOB might not amount to more than 1,100 troops and that is far, far less than the number of troops in any one NA cantonment. There are tens of cantonments and many more barracks of the NA dotted around the country.

    • Solorex says:

      Sorry Oga Beegs for this diversion: I read that the Presidency is requesting the responsibility or arranging procurement of Military hardware to be transferred back to the Ministry of defense from the Forces( what we had in the past)-Apparently on the request of minister for defense who believes that military hardware are not in good enough shape/cost is outrageous and wan’t to be actively involved in procurement supervision.Recall we had issues with the Ministry buying in ways the forces don’t really like in those days ( use of greedy middlemen,Politicians buying for the military and using military procurement to curry political favor by awarding contracts to briefcase companies,Lassitude on the path of defense ministry,inability to keep procurement secrets e.t.c.)-What will these decision portent s for the re-armament in progress? This news also means that people in high places are finally tagging incapacity to lack of modern equipment and also that somebody is about to open the vaults to tackle this issues raised-Am I right sir?

  24. beegeagle says:

    Oga Solorex, you are apparently stating the obvious. IF the USA and the UK are suggesting air support and recce, it affirms incapacitation in certain facets of activity and the signals are apparently clear enough to have the Nigerian military tethering on the cusp of a major rearmament exercise.

    About time…

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