The freeze on Togo’s procurement of five former French Army Aviation Aérospatiale SA342 Gazelle helicopters is being reconsidered, an industry source with knowledge of the deal told Jane’s on 27 September.
The source said the new French government of President Emmanuel Macron is reviewing the project and that there are now strong prospects for it to be approved shortly.
The French magazine Jeune Afrique reported in May that the EUR20 million (USD23 million) deal had been approved by France’s Inter-Ministerial Commission on Arms Exports, but was being blocked by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs due to concerns that the helicopters could be used against political opponents or civilian demonstrators.
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