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Piracy rearmament poses risk to naval forces

International reports inform of African pirates obtaining increasingly powerful weapons, but they remain primarily a risk to the military. As of yet, the merchant navy is not endangered, sources say.

African pirates are buying more and more advanced weapons, but so far only the military should be worried about this development, not the civilian navy, states both a researcher and a consultant.

“Analyses from the international security community show that weapons from Libya have found their way into the hands of Somali pirates. In this context, the concern is whether they have obtained surface-to-air missiles. This could constitute a threat against the naval forces’ use of helicopters,” says researcher Lars Bangert Struwe of The Center for Military Studies at The University of Copenhagen.

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