South Sudan Acquires Anti-Aircraft Defense SystemsMay 18 | Posted by David Goldman | Intelligence News, Military Intelligence
After months of aerial battering by the Sudanese airforce, Southern Sudan has started the process of upping its air defenses by the acquisition of anti-aircraft missile systems.
Strategic Intelligence confirms that South Sudan is acquiring anti-aircraft missiles to defend its territory from unspecified sellers probably the United States or Israel.
These can be transported through Kenya and negotiated through Kenya, intelligence shows.
The United States has been arming and financing the South Sudanese army.
Since the independence of South Sudan, Khartoum has continued bombing oil facilities, infrastructure, and business resources in South Sudan, intelligence reports show.
According to head of South Sudan’s army (SPLA) James Hoth Mai, the SPLA is poised to acquire anti-aircraft missiles after the dire need to protect the country from aerial bombardment increased.
Former U.S. special envoy to Sudan, Andrew Natsios has been negotiating with United States government to provide arms, particularly the American anti-aircraft weapons to the South Sudan army.
Acquiring anti-aircraft weapons will strengthen the South Sudanese army against the better armed Sudan military