Erwan de Cherisey

The US Department of State is to provide an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) surveillance system to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), a spokesperson for the US military’s Djibouti-based Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) has told Jane’s .

The spokesman said that a four-week UK-led intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) training course for AMISOM personnel in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, was conducted to prepare for the arrival of the system. The course concluded on 25 August, and involved a US Air Force instructor from CJTF-HOA.

The Department of State declined to comment on the UAV programme, and AMISOM did not respond to requests for information; however, a source close to the project told Jane’s that the programme involves providing AMISOM with a contractor-owned and -operated system, with no planned equipment donations…