The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) announced on 25 September that its Ugandan contingent had received 19 new combat vehicles from the United States and released photographs showing ACMAT Bastion armoured personnel carriers (APCs) branded as Mack products.
The handover came exactly two years after the US Department of Defense announced it had awarded a USD25 million contract to Mack Defense to deliver 62 APCs for Cameroon, Ethiopia, Somalia, Tunisia, and Uganda. Mack Defense told Jane’s at the time that the vehicles would be Bastion APCs: a product developed by France’s ACMAT. Both companies are part of the Volvo Group.
During the handover ceremony in Mogadishu, Ugandan contingent commander Brigadier General Muhanga Kayanja said: “As a contingent, we have been operating at 40% capacity in terms of the necessary equipment. This donation therefore comes in handy and will greatly boost our technical and operational capability. We however continue to face a big challenge of the improvised explosive devices (IEDs), which have cost us a lot of equipment. We need an urgent solution to this challenge.”
AMISOM announced on the same day that a symposium had been held to generate recommendations for countering the increased use of IEDs by the militant group Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen.
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