12 February 2013

Southern Africa: SADC Air Military Exercise Presented

Luanda — "Zambeze Azul" air military exercise with the air forces of SADC region, set for 1-28 June, will take place in a fictitious country dubbed "United Republic of Lumhosa" with its political capital city of Saurimo (Lunda Sul) and economic capital city of Luena (Moxico), provincial chief towns respectively.

On Monday, the organizers of the event, led by the Angolan National Air Forces, presented the air military exercise to the press, delegates of the participating countries and military attaché accredited in Angola, the final details of maneuver, mainly the strategic, operational, tactics and logistics issues.

The fictitious country (United Republic of Lumhosa) is limited on the north by the province of Lunda Norte, on east by Malanje and Bié, on south by Kuando Kubango and on west by the republics of DRC and Zambia.

The exercise is a multinational one, with a humanitarian character, elements of peacekeeping and imposition and is part of a biennial maneuvers programme, deliberated by the permanent committee of the SADC military aviation, during its 14th conference held in Maputo, Mozambique, in April 2012.

The first similar exercise that Angola participated was dubbed Blue Cluster and was held in South Africa, in August 2011.

SADC gathers Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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