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  • Ethiopia turns stationary Air missiles into self-propelled mobile system

     

    (by Andegna.com) Ethiopia is boosting its home-grown military industry technologies. A latest report indicated that the country has already converted its stationary S-75 Surface Air Missiles SAMs to mobile systems.

    These modification and the like mounting military cost saving project is happening at Gafat Armament Industry, which is part of the government’s military-run Metals and Engineering Corporation shortly known as METEC.

    Ethiopia has had S-75 systems since the 1970s, some of which are still deployed at three fixed sites around Addis Ababa, its S-125 (SA-3 'Goa') systems deployed closer to the Eritrean border to defend strategic locations, according to IHS Jane's Defense Weekly.

    The S-75 modification is the most sophisticated work known to have been carried out by the Ethiopian defense industry to date, said Jeremy Binnie on IHS Jane's Defense.

    To make the S-75 SAMs mobile they are mounted on to a heavily modified T-55 tank chassis. Both the S-75 SAMs and the T-55 tank chassis have to be modified for the whole system to work seamlessly, says a reports.

    However, the modified self-propelled S-75 launchers to Air Missiles SAMs mobile would be far more mobile and quicker to deploy, especially in areas with poor roads, than the original launchers, which have to be loaded on and off dedicated trailers. 

    Cuba, Poland, and Iraq have done the successful similar modification to S-75 and sometimes to the S-125 fixed missile systems.

    The Ethiopian defense industries manufacture a range of light weapons such as machine guns, assault rifles, automatic grenade launchers – RPGs, ammunition for variety of weapons. On top of manufacturing ammunitions and light weapons, The Ethiopian defense industries do major modifications to tanks, armored cars, transport trucks, and fighter jets.

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  • Ethiopia declares three days of national mourning after landslide kills 65 people

    (by Andegna) The House of Peoples Representatives of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has declared, Tuesday, three days of mourning after a landslide at old rubbish dump in Addis Ababa killing at least 65 people. The Flag shall be flown at half-mast starting from Wednesday.

    The death toll has kept to increase as relatives are waiting for news of other missing.

    Dozens of homes of squatters who lived in the Koshe landfill site, in Addis Ababa, were flattened when the largest pile of rubbish collapsed on Saturday. It was not clear what caused Saturday night's collapse. Koshe means “dust” in local slang.

    Image: Searching for survivors - Koshe

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  • Gatoch may seal deal in Europe

    (by Andegna) Walias skipper Gatoch Panom may seal new deal with European club this year, said sources, as he set for an April exit at the end of his current contract with Ethiopian Coffee Football Club.

    According to a media report, Gatoch is believed to have signed a pre-contract agreement with undisclosed club in Europe and hence the unwillingness to commit to a longer contract now with Coffee FC. However his agent hinted that Gatoch could move to Greece at the end of his contract.

    The midfielder’s agent David Beshah disclosed the parties could not agree on a new deal. While David and his client were pushing for a contract extension till the end of the current 2016/17 season, the club insisted on at least a 2-year-stay. “We could not agree on a contract until the end of the season. They wanted us to sign a contract of two years and three months, with a release clause if a foreign club comes knocking,” David said. According to him, they had wanted to pen a longer deal since last year November but the club was unwilling to play ball.

    “Gatoch and I are very disappointed that Bunna is unable to negotiate reasonably. We offered them many chances since November 2016 but they rejected them,” David added.

    Image: Gatoch Panom 

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  • Zambian Minister kneeling picture goes viral

    (by Andegna) A picture where Livestock and Fisheries Michael Katambo is seen kneeling for President Edgar Lungu, has gone viral on the internet. The photo was taken on Sunday inside the Parish priest’s office at Mary Immaculate Parish in Lusaka shortly after President Lungu attended mass.

    While President Lungu sat comfortably on the only chair in the office, Mr Katambo with fear all over him, clenched both hands as he knelt. It looked as if President Lungu was scolding Mr Katambo.

    Many people in Africa have taken to Twitter and Facebook to poke fun at Mr Katambo and mock President Lungu.

    However, kneeling down to greet superiors is a sign of respect in Zambian culture. A similar Picture below went viral during the Late President Mwanawasa’s era, when then Defense Minister George Mpombo was seen Kneeling before the late President Levy Mwanawasa

    Image: Katambo and Mpombo 

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  • Over 10 thousand Mekele City residents to get land for housing

    (by Andegna) Mekele City Administration is to give land for over ten thousand residents to house construction.

    Fana BC said in a report that 10,400 Mekele city residents who have no house for living will be given the land while over 1700 teachers and 740 handicap military veterans will be given priority. According to the report each individual will be given 70 meter square land.   

    Image: Mekele City    

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