The first batch of Russian multi-role fighters Su-30 delivered to Uganda, said Wednesday the Center for Analysis of World Arms Trade (TSAMTO) with reference to the representative of the East African country’s air force captain Tabari Kikonko.
Was held on the eve of the first test flight.
Uganda is preparing to develop oil fields in the Lake Albert and acquire military equipment to ensure safety in the border areas of the Congo.
The British company Tullow Oil PLC, French Total SA and China’s Cnooc Ltd. intend to implement projects in Uganda to develop oil fields, worth about 10 billion dollars. Oil in commercial quantities was discovered in 2006 in the Lake Albert on the border with Congo.
The manual of Uganda noted that enhancing the combat capability of the Air Force meets the adopted strategy of defending the territorial integrity of the country, its natural resources and is not a threat to neighboring countries.
In April 2010, Uganda’s Minister of Information Kabakumba Matsiko said that the government has acquired at least eight fighters and other weaponry from Russia worth 744 million dollars.
Military aircraft will help the country counter potential threats to security in the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo region of Lake Albert, where Kampala plans to soon start production.
Earlier, on April 5, Rosoboronexport signed a contract for six Su-30 fighters to Uganda.
As you know, in neighboring Uganda Congolese provinces of North and South Kivu, not so long ago with a bang erupted into civil war, which with a few interruptions is there since 1998.