The United Arab Emirates’ Streit Group will soon be opening an armoured vehicle factory in Uganda, in partnership with the National Enterprise Corporation (NEC).
The state-owned NEC is the commercial arm of the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF). NEC was established in 1989 by an Act of the Parliament of Uganda. Its investments and activities include agriculture, manufacturing, healthcare, services, and defence industry projects and companies. Its commercial ventures are undertaken through its subsidiaries and joint ventures.
In mid-October, NEC announced the partnership with Streit Group for the manufacture of armoured vehicles in Uganda at a factory to be opened soon in Nakosongola in central Uganda.
The new company, NEC-Streit Uganda Ltd, will provide a variety of security solutions, including through technology transfer.
In addition to developing Uganda’s defence sector, NEC-Streit Uganda will, according to NEC, support the defence, healthcare, and industrial sectors as well as the railway industry.
NEC said the new factory is under construction by NEC Construction Works and Engineering Ltd and will produce armoured vehicles for both military and civilians.
Uganda has been developing its local defence industry and in August 2018 officially launched an Armoured Vehicle Manufacturing and Assembly Facility in Maga Maga. Its first product was the Mamba-based Nyoka armoured personnel carrier, created in collaboration with South Africa’s Twiga Services and Logistics via its Ugandan sister company Impala Services and Logistics. Manufacture and assembly of the vehicles began in 2013 under a transfer of technology agreement.
Last month, the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) commissioned the locally manufactured Chui (Leopard) infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), which is based on Twiga’s recently launched Nyati. The Chui is manufactured by the Armoured Vehicle Manufacturing and Assembly Facility.
Streit Group is an armoured vehicle manufacturer based in the UAE. Its product range includes armoured personnel carriers (APCs), cash-in-transit and luxury and security vehicles. The company has 12 production facilities and 25 offices globally and has delivered more than 15 000 vehicles.
Streit APCs, including Cougar, Cobra and other models ranging in mass from six to 16 tons, are in service with a number of African militaries, including Burkina Faso and Mali.