The US military is planning to significantly improve the defences at its compounds inside Niger’s Air Base 101 in Niamey, two solicitations released via the US government’s System of Award Management website on 9 September revealed.
Existing Hesco barriers and a fighting position are seen at an 768 EABS compound in October 2019. (United States Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa)
One of the solicitations outlined a plan to upgrade the defences around the 768
Expeditionary Air Base Squadron’s (768 EABS) operations area, which has three clamshell aircraft shelters, the other covered the unit’s exercise relief facility (ERF) 900 m to the west. The contractors that are awarded the contracts will have to complete the work at the operations area in 120 days and the ERF in 180 days.
The plans posted with the solicitations showed the existing walls and Hesco barriers surrounding the operations area will be removed and replaced with 4 m high ‘Alaska’ barriers made of reinforced concrete and topped with concertina wire. New gates will be installed to allow aircraft to move from the hangars to the runway.
The ERF will be similarly fortified, with wire-topped Alaska barriers installed to reinforce the Hescos that currently make up the compound’s northern and eastern walls. Alaska barriers will also replace the brick wall and Hescos along the south and west sides.
New entry control points will also be constructed at both compounds.