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Somali military receives new vehicles

05 September 2017
A photograph released by the Somalia National Army on 3 September shows 12 Tiger light armoured vehicles in Chinese army camouflage. Source: Somali National Army

The Somali National Army (SNA) released photographs on 3 September showing new tactical vehicles it has received.

One photograph showed at least 12 Chinese-made Shaanxi Baoji Special Vehicles Company Tiger 4x4 light armoured vehicles parked in what appeared to be a secure compound in Somalia. A second showed at least 13 Ford Super Duty double cabin pick-up vehicles fitted with weapon mounts.

The SNA did not provide details regarding the origin of these vehicles, but it is likely they were donated by foreign countries. The Tigers were painted in the standard People’s Liberation Army camouflage scheme, indicating they are second-hand vehicles.

Neither the Chinese government nor government-controlled news agencies reported the delivery of the vehicles.

Reported to have a combat weight of 6.5 tonnes, the Tiger is a 4x4 light armoured vehicle with room for up to 10 people, including the driver. It can be armed with a heavy-machine gun in a protected weapon station and is powered by a 200hp Cummins diesel engine.

Over the last four years, Somalia is known to have received 50 AT105 Saxon armoured personnel carriers (APCs), ten Reva III mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles, and six RG-31 MRAPs, as well as an assortment of trucks and other armoured vehicles, including Iveco VM 90Ps. A batch of 14 ACMAT Bastion APCs should have been delivered in 2016.

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