Madagascar’s military is operating MSPV Panthera T4 armoured carriers, which were seen for the first time last month.
Madagascar celebrated the 60th anniversary of its independence on 26 June. During a parade in the capital Antananarivo, the military displayed six Panthera T4s. These were later seen patrolling Antananarivo to raise awareness and manage the displacement of the population to avoid the spread of the novel coronavirus. 500 soldiers were deployed to the capital on 5 July along with vehicles and other equipment.
It is not clear how many Panthera T4s Madagascar acquired, or when they were delivered. The country in June last year officially took delivery of a large quantity of military hardware, including a CN235 transport aircraft, three AS350 and one BK 117 helicopters, five Cessna 206 light aircraft, GAZ 4×4 trucks, all-terrain vehicles. All the aircraft were acquired second hand. The three AS350s, the BK 117 and CN235 took part in the parade on 26 June, with the AS350s wearing local registrations (5R-MON, 5R-MOO, 5R-MOP).
According to United Arab Emirates-based Minerva Special Purpose Vehicles (MSPV), the Panthera T4 is built on a Toyota Land Cruiser series 79 chassis and features CEN1063 BR7/FB7 or STANAG 4569 Level II protection. It can be powered by a 4.5 litre V8 diesel, 4.2 litre six cylinder diesel or 4 litre V6 petrol engine.
The armoured cabin can accommodate a driver and three passengers. A rear bed can seat additional dismounts or cargo. Side-mounted armoured panels provide limited protection for the load bed.
MSPV has sold its Panthera T6 to Cameroon, which uses the vehicle with its Rapid Intervention Battalions and police.
During its independence day parade, Madagascar’s military also displayed armoured Land Cruisers. The country is believed to also have BRDM-2, Ferret and M3 scout cars in service.