BAMAKO, Mali (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Israeli security experts are now building protection strategies for UN employees in Africa, learned BulgarianMilitary.com
The experts are ex-military and security services and have been hired by the UN for this mission.
So far contracts valued at least 30 million US$ have been signed with the Israeli companies that have sent the experts to some African states.
The decision of the UN has been made after 60 UN workers have been killed in 2017 while performing their duties.
The emergency tender for the security services is currently for three years with options to prolong it.
Five security companies won chunks of the tender and three of them are Israeli.
The U.N is working in some African states and the threat level is changed according to events and intelligence supplied to the U.N by some member countries.
Mali has been in recent months the focus of attacks on U.N personnel.
A report release on January 2018 points to Mali and the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo as the two most dangerous places for U.N employees.
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Israeli sources said that the companies supply “intelligence services and technologies” that can protect the U.N employees.
Israeli technology has been active in the protection of U.N teams in Africa.
In January 2018 Germany has extended its agreements for the use of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron-1 reconnaissance drones in Afghanistan and Mali for another year.
The contract includes the supply of technical support that allows the continuation of operation of the advanced UAV in Mali and Afghanistan.
In Mali, the system is stationed at the Gao Air Base for the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support as part of the UN’s Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali.
The Heron is used to secure the perimeter of the mission as well as to obtain intelligence concerning various militant groups in the northeastern Gao region for Germany which oversees the intelligence unit in Mali.
The German ministry of defence has recently signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Israel aerospace industries (IAI) to lease the Israeli company’s Heron –TP MALE UAV
While the German politicians are still debating whether to arm the Heron-TP UAV that will be leased from Israel, preparations are made to start and train the German crews in an Israeli air force (IAF) base.
A first group of German air force experts has recently arrived in Israel, to begin and build the training manuals together with Israeli air force experts from the Tel-Nof base and experts from Israel aerospace industries (IAI) that will supply the MALE UAV.
The contract is for the lease of seven Heron – TP UAV.
These are intended to support German operations in Africa And Asia.
The UAV have been leased for a period of nine years and can carry “unique air-to-ground missiles” according to German sources.
According to the German Defence Ministry, these weapons can abort their trajectory towards the target in case civilians may be hurt.
The arming of the MALE UAV was in the hearth of the internal debate in Germany before the deal was approved but is continuing.
German sources said that during the negotiations “several options to use Israeli developed weapons have been evaluated”.
At this point in time there is no decision to arm the UAS.
In the first two years of the deal, the UAV’s will be operated from the Tel-Nof Air Force base, to assist the German military operating in Afghanistan and Mali.
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Source: BM`s Correspondent Arie Egozi