The Qatari Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 27 December that it had donated 24 Storm armoured personnel carriers (APC) to the Armed Forces of Mali (FAMa).
The MoD said the vehicles were airlifted to Mali aboard several Boeing C-17 transport aircraft the day before and would be used for security operations in Mali and the four other G5 Sahel countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania, and Niger).
The FAMa said the 24 APCs were handed over in Bamako on 27 December and would be used by infantry in areas where there is a high threat from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and mines.
Built on a Toyota Land Cruiser 79-series chassis and powered by a 195hp Toyota 4.5 litre V8 turbo diesel engine, the Storm is produced by the Qatari company Stark Motors. It has room for eight to ten people, including the driver, depending on the seating arrangements.
The vehicle's armour provides all-round CEN B6 level protection. According to the manufacturer, the floor is armoured to resist to the explosion of two DM51 hand grenades. All the FAMa's vehicles have a weapon station for a machine gun or automatic grenade launcher fitted on top of their troop compartments.
The Storm will join an already diverse fleet of armoured vehicles in service with the FAMa, which includes legacy BTR-60 APCs and BRDM-2 reconnaissance vehicles, Arquus Bastion APCs, and a mix of at least 10 Python and four Gladiator APCs made by the Streit Group. The latter two types were handed over to the FAMa in May, as pictures released in local media confirmed. Unlike the Storm, they were reportedly procured using Malian defence funds.
Want to read more? For analysis on this article and access to all our insight content, please enquire about our subscription options at ihsmarkit.com/janes