Open-source aircraft tracking websites recorded more than 50 cargo flights to Ethiopia in 53 days between August and September 2021. The flights were carried out by an Il-76 cargo aircraft registered in Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan but owned by UAE-based company Fly Sky Airlines. 45 of these flights originated from the UAE.
The same freight carrier had previously been used to deliver equipment to Libya.
Recently, photographs of armed UAVs said to have been taken in the Maychew area of the Tigray region this summer appeared on social media.
The images showed a large vertical rotary-wing VTOL combat UAVs armed with two 120mm mortar bombs. The design of these aircraft is identical to UAVs that were destroyed in Yemen by Houthi forces and operated then by UAE-backed units.