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Thales to provide tactical radios to the Democratic Republic of the Congo on behalf of US and UK governments

15 July 2010

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Thales has received a contract to provide PRC-6809 multiband inter/intra team radios (MBITR) and TRC 3700 HF tactical radios to the Forces Armées de la République Démocratique du Congo (FARDC). The project, funded by the US Department of State under project ‘AFRICAP’, and supported by the UK Embassy, will contribute to stabilisation and security sector reform. The provision of these first radios being deployed in the country will enhance the command and control capabilities of the FARDC.

The purpose of the project is to provide tactical communications and training to the FARDC for a rapid reaction force made up of 12 battalions. The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo will deploy the battalions nationally, focusing initially in the North and East of the country, in support of ongoing stabilisation projects.

Thales was selected for the first phase of the project by Protection Strategies Incorporated, a prime contractor to the US Department of State, and will provide equipment and a training package to a single FARDC battalion, being trained by the US government.

The tactical radios are proven to be robust and reliable in rigorous military operations and are capable of meeting and sustaining the communication requirements of the FARDC. The handheld PRC-6809 MBITR, part of the AN/PRC-148 family of tactical software-defined communications equipment, offers a wideband VHF and UHF solution, plugging into a manpack or vehicle adapter for enhanced capability. The TRC 3700 HF handheld tactical radio is able to securely transmit both voice and data over large distances to support command and control systems.

“Thales UK is proud to support the continuous development and stabilisation of the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” says Victor Chavez, deputy Chief Executive of Thales UK. “Our tactical communications systems will offer cost-effective handheld radios to the Congolese Armed Forces and meet the needs of interoperability and communication in harsh environments.”

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Thales was down-selected as preferred supplier in September 2009 as a result of a competitive tender process. The equipment contract from Protection Strategies Incorporated and the training contract from the Defence section of the UK Embassy in the DRC were awarded to Thales in June 2010.

The radios and training package will be deployed in October 2010. Deployment of equipment to the remaining battalions is subject to achieving future funding from the international community.

The AN/PRC-148 tactical radio systems have been in service since 2000, with almost 200,000 radios deployed worldwide – more military handhelds than any other provider.

The Thales MBITR system is the handheld radio of choice for the US Army and Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and is in use in 28 countries around the world. The TRC 3700 radio, an update of the 3000 SKYF@ST HF radio, was first introduced in 1996 and has been deployed and combat proven in over 30 different countries including 10 NATO countries.
http://www.thalesgroup.com/Press_Releases/Countries/United_Kingdom/2010/100715_Thales_to_provide_tactical_radios/


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The Su-25 of the Air Force of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC-AF) possibly spotted at 558.ARZ in Belarus

Reviewing an article about modernization of the Su-25 aircraft from 22 March 2019 provided by The Belarusian Telegraph Agency BelTa has revealed an interesting detail.
One of the images showing the upgraded cockpit layout of an Su-25UB modernized by 558.ARZ (JSC 558 Aircraft Repair Plant at Baranovichi, Belarus) also reveals something else: another Su-25 with an exhaust nozzle cover sporting a designation FG-508. This marking falls nicely in line with markings applied on the Su-25s of the Air Force of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

History of the Su-25s with this elusive air force has been written since 2005, when first grainy pic of an example marked FG-501 in flight has been posted on internet forums. The bird was seemingly devoid of any roundels, with an exception of a DRC flag on the tail. Later in the same year, EUFOR soldiers were able to provide first clear pictures of its sister ships marked FG-500 (basic Su-25) and FG-502 (export Su-25K) parked alongside an ex-Libyan MiG-23U (marked FG-2000) in the hangar of the N'Dolo Airport (IATA: NLO, ICAO: FZAB), a secondary airport in the city of Kinshasa.

The origin of these three aircraft remains unknown, but all Su-25s were sporting a light green/tan camo with light blue underside, very similar to the aircraft seen in Turkmenistan or the Su-25KM demonstrator exhibited by the Georgian company TAM (Tbilisi Aircraft Manufacturing). The blue flag on the fin has since then been cut diagonally by a red stripe with a thin yellow frame, representing current layout of the flag of the DRC.

In 2012, spotters have provided a set of pictures of two additional Su-25s in the colors of the Air Force of the DRC during test flights at Zaporozhye-Mokraya Airport (IATA: OZH, ICAO: UKDE). The two birds have been marked FG-505 and FG-506, sporting a much darker green/tan camouflage pattern, incl. the newly introduced roundel on the fin. Interestingly, recent pictures from N’Dolo show the same pattern on FG-501 and FG-502 indicating that not only Ukraine has supplied at least two additional Su-25s from their stocks but that the MiGremont Zaporozhye State Aviation Repair Factory got a contract to refurbish the two remaining examples serving in Kinshasa.

From the limited information we have, we can assume that DRC went shopping to Minsk in order to replenish their combat aircraft stocks (two of their Sukhois are assumed crashed, one of them the FG-500) and that they contracted at least two Su-25s of unknown version from Belarus (FG-507, FG-508), which are now in a very advanced assembly stage at 558.ARZ. It is not clear whether these aircraft have been upgraded in the same manner as the Su-25s of the Kazakhstan Air Force or whether the exhibited twinseater (still in natural metal) is a part of the deal with the DRC.

Photo credit: EU, main and Guk Aleksandr via exoticairforces

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