Fast Market Research recommends "Uganda Defence & Security Report Q1 2015" from Business Monitor International, now available



[ClickPress, Mon Jan 05 2015] In recent years, the size of the Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF) and the country's arms procurement have grown significantly, a trend BMI expects to continue over the forecast period, from 2015 through to 2019. This primarily reflects the growing role of the army in Uganda's domestic political landscape, which we attribute to President Yoweri Museveni's increasing domestic political isolation, as well as the need to maintain the country's status as a strategic ally of the US. In addition, Ugfanda's desire to become a regional power and the burgeoning arms race with Sudan to drive procurement. As such, we expect imports to Uganda, which lacks its own military-industrial base, from Russia and China in particular, to steadily increase for the foreseeable future.

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Uganda's lack of an indigenous defence industry and underdeveloped manufacturing capabilities in general, leave it reliant upon procurements from foreign countries to satisfy the demands of its armed forces. Before 1990, these demands were readily met by military aid from the Soviet Union, which was eager to bolster the capabilities of one of the pro-Soviet states against the US. Now the armed forces are dependent upon states including China, Belarus and the Czech Republic for military equipment, some of which are alleged to have been obtained through unorthodox and sometimes undisclosed channels.

This limitation, and the overall number of armed services personnel and their recurrent cost, leaves little money available for 'big ticket' military purchases. Uganda previously agreed to buy six Su-30MKs from Russia. The deal was said to be worth around USD200mn at the time, though the actual cost proved to be USD720mn. The deal was extremely surprising given that Uganda's military needs do not require such expensive equipment and the difficulty and expense involved in developing the support capabilities needed to allow these fighters to operate effectively. This has not deterred Museveni from...

The Uganda Defence & Security Report features Business Monitor International (BMI)'s independent forecasts for national and international security, the defence industry, military expenditure, employment in arms production, and arms imports and exports, as well as examining industry trends and prospects, national and multinational arms producers and the regulatory environment.

BMI's Uganda Defence & Security Report provides professionals, consultancies, government departments, regulatory bodies and researchers with independent forecasts and regional competitive intelligence on the Ugandan defence and security industry.

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* Benchmark BMI's independent defence and security industry forecasts on Uganda to test other views - a key input for successful budgetary and strategic business planning in the Ugandan defence and security market.

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