DoD defies COVID-19 to provide support across Africa
The US DoD is providing ongoing military and medical assistance to its African partners despite the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Laboratory consumables have been shipped to Ethiopia and Ghana whilst test kit reagents have been supplied to Guinea. The DoD has also managed to provide additional personal protective equipment (PPE) to military medical facilities in Morocco and South Africa, despite the domestic impact of the coronavirus on the US healthcare system.
The Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch has also developed specific surveillance projects in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to research the impact of herd immunity on the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Regular military activities have continued, including at least 39 US airstrikes against al-Shabaab in Somalia as of 28 April targeting training facilities, infrastructure and weapons caches.
Finally, USAFRICOM has confirmed that its plan to train Nigerian Air Force pilots and maintenance crews over the summer period will go ahead. The training (at Moody AFB in Georgia) will involve the A-29 Super Tucano aircraft which Nigeria recently purchased.
As part of our promise to deliver comprehensive coverage to Defence Insight and Premium News subscribers, our curated defence news content provides the latest industry updates, contract awards and programme milestones.
More from Impact of COVID-19 Special Report
The RAF plans by the end of the year to complete upgrade work to the physical infrastructure supporting a ground-based air surveillance radar in northeast England. …
The highest standards of connectivity are crucial for aircraft in today’s military environment – and can play a key role during any crisis. That’s according to experts …
The US DoD confirmed $135 million in Defense Production Act Title 3 COVID-19 actions aimed at maintaining defence critical workforce capabilities in body armour, aircraft …
At the request of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC), the People’s Liberation Army Air Force has delivered medical supplies including personal protective equipment and surgical …
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) reported on 8 June that it has developed a model which predicts the progression of the medical condition of COVID-19 patients, …
Military aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services must adapt to crises, even those as severe and unexpected as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For Honeywell, …