An undisclosed African country is receiving Cayman 4×4 armoured vehicles from Belarus.
This is according to Russian news agency TASS, which quoted a source in Belarus’s State Military-Industrial Committee (Goskomvoenprom).
“Belarus is now delivering the Cayman ARV (Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicle) to an African state. We have good prospects there,” the source said.
The Belarusian armed forces took the Cayman armoured vehicle into service in 2017. The vehicle is manufactured by the 140th Repair Plant.
The CEO of the 140th Repair Plant, Alexander Churyakov, did confirm that the vehicle is in serial production, stating, “We have launched the manufacturing of our own vehicles. In particular, we are producing the Cayman ARV under several contracts.”
Unveiled in 2015, the Cayman armoured vehicle weighs about 7 000kg and can carry six people including the crew. Its steel monocoque hull provides STANAG 4569 Level 3 protection and has a V-shaped hull. The vehicle is powered by D-245.30E2 diesel engine delivering 170 hp, giving a maximum road speed of 110 km/h and 8 km/h in water.
Various weapons systems and turrets can be mounted, including an Adunok remotely controlled weapons station or machineguns and automatic grenade launchers. It can reach speeds of up to 110 km/h on ideal road conditions and has a range of 1,000 kilometres. Belarus is believed to have begun putting the vehicle into service with its military since May 2017.
It is not clear which African nation has ordered the vehicles. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s (SIPRI’s) arms transfers database, in the last five years Belarus has exported 22 2S7 Pion 203 mm self-propelled guns and 18 D-20 152 mm towed guns to Angola and four Mi-24P/Mi-35P attack helicopters to Libya. Sudan has been a major client, having received four second hand Mi-24V helicopters, 12 Su-24 strike aircraft, 66 BTR-70 armoured personnel carriers, three Mi-24P/Mi-35P helicopters and three Mi-8T utility helicopters since 2013.
In addition, Belarus has refurbished 12 ex-Indian Air Force Su-30K fighters for Angola, with deliveries beginning in 2017.