Somalia receives armoured vehicles from UAE
Written by defenceWeb, Wednesday, 27 May 2015
Photos released yesterday by Somali publication Horseed Media show approximately half a dozen RG31s and around a dozen Toyota Land Cruisers. They were handed over to President Ahmed Mohamed Madobe, who received the vehicles in the southern port town of Kismayo, which is also the capital of the administration.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE), with an embassy in Mogadishu, maintains healthy ties with the Interim Jubba Administration, and is helping rebuild the Somali military in an effort to bring about stability to the Horn of Africa Country. For instance, the UAE’s ambassador to Somalia, Mohamed Al-Othman, visited the administrative capital of the Interim Jubba Administration in March this year.
Last year, the UAE’s armed forces donated vehicles and equipment to the Somali National Security and Intelligence Agencies and have provided training for Somali special operations forces for counter-terrorism missions, reports the UAE’s The National, which adds that the UAE’s support to Somalia is worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Earlier this month a UAE-funded military training centre was opened in Mogadishu, which, according to The National, aims to build a brigade to protect the country.
READ MOREDozens killed in al Shabaab fighting in Somalia, attacks in capital
Somali Islamists driven into north, south pockets: UN envoy
Somali Islamists kill government official, bomb AU convoy
It is possible that the newly delivered RG31s and Toyotas will be utilised by the Interim Jubba Administration police. The Federal Government recently signed an agreement with the Interim Jubba Administration and the Interim South West Administration on the establishment of regional police in their respective regions, with the United Nations and African Union to provide technical advice and monitor the recruiting, vetting, training and deployment of 600 officers for each region.
The 4x4 RG31 with its a V-shaped hull is certified to protect its crew from rifle and light machine gun fire, anti-tank land-mine detonations and improvised explosive devices. In its standard troop carrying configuration the Mk 5E variant can carry up to ten troops (a driver plus nine others), although it can be configured for many other roles.
The RG-31 can be fitted with an open-top turret mounted above the crew compartment which can be armed with a 7.62mm or 12.7mm machine gun. The vehicles donated to Somalia feature the turrets but are have not been fitted with weapons.
- Russian Naval Task Force surprises Cape Town
- Navy heroes who died attempting to save lives in Durban to be recognised
- Minister confirms 35 Squadron grounded
- Personnel rightsizing shaping up to be a headache for DoD
- SA hoping to sell weapons to Iran
- Navy sees Projects Biro and Hotel being beyond the horizon
- SADC leaders meet in Swaziland
- Shrinking budget hits SA Navy operations
- South Africa court orders removal of elite police unit chief
- Navy needs more money (and feet) to keep head above water
TactiCall system has quality, performance recognised by certification
by Saab, 23 March 2017
The Airwave certificate allows Saab to install and operate the TactiCall Dispatcher products at any UK customer using Airwave.
Saab receives order for AT4 CS ER and AT4 CS HP
by Saab, 22 March 2017
The AT4 CS ER and AT4 CS HP are lightweight, man-portable, fully disposable weapons characterised by ease of use and handling.
PAZ to extend Airbus radar satellites constellation for improved monitoring capabilities by end of 2017
by AIRBUS Defence & Space, 22 March 2017
Hisdesat's PAZ will be positioned in the same orbit as TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X, and form a high-resolution SAR satellite constellation with them.