Angolan border police units get Russian Kamaz troop carriers


Russia’s Kamaz Trucks has delivered seven new Kamaz troop carriers of undefined configuration to Angola where they will be used by border security police units to prevent smuggling and illegal immigration along the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The trucks were commissioned into service earlier this month by Lunda Norte Provincial Police Commander Gil Famoso Da Silva. The police commander said the trucks would be distributed to the 6th and 7th border patrol units to preserve ‘public tranquillity’ and stem illegal Congolese immigration.

In addition to the vehicles, two mobile water treatment and storage systems with a capacity of 5 000 litres each were received.

According to the Russian manufacturer, Kamaz offers standardised armoured military trucks which can be used for transportation of personnel, valuable cargoes and explosive material.

Kamaz offers options such as run-flat tyres and can accommodate air conditioning systems, radio and communication equipment.

In 2014, Kamaz Export announced plans to set up a truck production and assembly line for its commercial and military truck range in Angola. However, there has been no update on the progress of the venture since then.

Kamaz earlier said that since 1976 and 2007 it had delivered 230 Kamaz vehicles to Angola. Some models delivered to the African country include Kamaz-43108 (6×6), Kamaz-43114 (6×6), Kamaz-43118 (6×6) and Kamaz-4208 (6×6) vehicles.

Russian companies have over the years been major arms suppliers to Angola, with recent deliveries including eight Mi-171Sh helicopters. The helicopters are part of a $1 billion deal signed between Rosoboronexport and Angola in 2013. This is believed to include 12 Su-30 fighter jets and spares for Mi-17 helicopters and other hardware already in service with Angola’s armed forces.

For the first time in 25 years, Russian Navy vessels from the Black Sea Fleet arrived in Angola in July 2015, celebrating 40 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The vessels included the Moskva cruiser, Krivak II class frigate Pitlivy, Shakhter rescue tug and tanker Ivan Bubnov.

During the visit, Moskva fired a P-500 Bazalt (SS-N-12) anti-ship missile at a surface target, scoring a successful hit. According to the Russian Navy, the crew of Pytlivy also performed surface and air target artillery firing.