14.04.05, 09:02 #1
Die K-8 wurden u.a. beschafft, weil für die 1980 gelieferten Hawks seit 2000 keine Ersatzteile mehr geliefert werden ... Embargo.
In Afrika fliegen u.a. die Luftwaffen von Ägypten, Namibia und Zambia mit der K-8.
"Mugabe buys six jets to 'defend airspace'
April 13 2005 at 02:14PM
By Michael Hartnack
Harare - President Robert Mugabe's government has acquired six fighter jets "to deal with any challenges", state radio reported on Wednesday.
It did not disclose the supplier or the price tag, but the report first named them as the "K-8" and then the "K-fighter".
The aircraft appeared to be the K-8 advanced jet trainer, a Chinese copy of the British Aerospace BAE "Hawk", said Michael Quintana, former editor of Africa Defence Journal.
The Hawk was supplied to Zimbabwe by then Conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher soon after independence in 1980. But Tony Blair's Labour slapped an embargo on spare parts in 2000 to protest at human rights abuses.
Quintana said Egypt bought K-8 trainers from China a price tag of $20-million each.
"If the country had to save up for these, no wonder we are experiencing shortages of petrol (gasoline)," Quintana told The Associated Press.
The radio broadcast quoted air force acting director of operations, Group Captain Builtin Chingoto, as saying the new fighters were meant to keep up with fast changing technology.
"They will go a long way to improve the operations of our air force in order to defend the country's air space and territorial integrity," he said.
"They will enable the force to deal with any challenges."
Mugabe described Britain as an "enemy country" on the weekend and said he was continuing to wage what he called a "chimurenga" or civil war against the remaining whites for control of natural resources, particularly land.
Claiming a two-thirds majority in March 31 parliamentary elections, he said "the nation had mobilised through the ballot box to repulse imperialism".
Seventy percent of Zimbabweans live in absolute poverty, with five million of its 11.6 million people dependent last year on international food aid. Hospitals lack medicines and food, while schools lack desks, books and writing materials.
Official figures showed Zimbabwe's inflation rate fell to 123.7 in March, down 3.5 percent in February, the government-controlled daily The Herald said in a report on Wednesday.
The K-8 flies under the speed of sound (950km/h) and has limited combat ability. It has already been supplied to the Namibian and Zambian air forces, Quintana said.
He said that while engaged in the Congo civil war, Zimbabwean forces acquired three MIG-23 interceptor fighter-bombers from Muammar Gaddafi's Libyan government. They have been seen at recent ceremonial fly pasts here. - Sapa-AP"
Hat jemand Fotos von den K-8 und MiG-23 mit Markings von Simbabwe?
14.04.05, 14:30 #2
irgendwie lernt man immer wieder dazu. Lybien hatte schon 2001 sowohl Sambia als auch Simbabwe MiG-23 geliefert ...
" Zanu-PF Electoral Machine Oiled by Libya Cash
August 2, 2001
... Libya has also given Mig 23 aircraft to both Zambia and Zimbabwe. ..."
25.08.06, 09:10 #3
28.06.08, 08:36 #4Laut "Mail & Guardian" hat das südafrikanische Verteidigungsministerium seinem Pendant in Simbabwe in den vergangenen Jahren Flugzeuge vom Typ Dakota im Wert von mehreren Millionen Dollar gespendet, während die staatliche Rüstungsfirma Armscor Ersatzteile für Hubschrauber lieferte.
06.09.08, 23:46 #5