Senegal has displayed the new armoured vehicles it has acquired from Turkey, during its recent Independence Day parade.
During its parade through the streets of the capital Dakar on 4 April, 25 Ejder Yalcin armoured vehicles and four Ejder Toma crowd control vehicles were seen.
The order was revealed in March but the quantities involved were not known. They were ordered for Senegal’s gendarmerie from private Turkish company Nurol Makina.
The Ejder Yalcin is a 4×4 vehicle that can be equipped with manned or unmanned turrets housing 7.62 mm and 12.7 mm machineguns or a 25 mm cannon or 40 mm grenade launcher. Various configurations are available, such as explosives disposal, air defence, command and control, internal security, ambulance, combat vehicle, reconnaissance etc. Senegal’s vehicles are fitted with open turrets.
The 14 ton Ejder Yalcin can carry 11 people or a payload of 4 tons. Top speed is 120 km/h and range 700 km. A V-hull provides landmine protection.
The Ejder Toma is a 4×4 riot control vehicle equipped with a water cannon (with 5 000 litre water tank) that can also dispense tear gas, dye or foam. Equipment includes cameras, sirens, spotlights and a bulldozer blade for clearing barricades. It has a top speed of 110 km/h and range of 750 km.