The 62 armoured personnel carriers ordered last month by the United States Department of Defence for five African nations are Bastion vehicles manufactured by French company Acmat.
On 25 September the US Department of Defence said that Mack Defense of Allentown, Pennsylvania, would supply 62 APCs to United States Africa Command partner nations. Mack Defense on 6 October told IHS Jane’s that all the vehicles are Bastion APCs – Acmat is owned by Renault Trucks Defense which along with Mack Defense is part of the Volvo group.
The vehicles will be manufactured in France with an estimated completion date of 30 December 2016. Mack Defense said 32 vehicles will be delivered to Somalia in 2016, 17 to the Ugandan contingent of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and another 13 to AMISOM’s Somali contingent. Tunisia will receive four, Cameroon 15 and Ethiopia 12 before the end of 2016. All the countries will also receive at least one spares kit.
However, these figures add up to 93 in total, so it is not clear from which contract the remaining 31 vehicles will be coming from.
The Bastion range of tactical armoured vehicles features STANAG 4569 protection and can carry ten to 12 people. They are based on the VLRA TDN-TDE platform for easy maintenance and logistics. The Bastion APC is configured for troop transport while the Bastion Patsas is a semi-open-top design developed with French Special Forces for reconnaissance and assault.
In Africa, Acmat customers include Angola, Botswana, Zambia, Mozambique and Kenya. In June last year Togo’s armed forces received 30 Bastion vehicles.
Also on 25 September the US Department of Defense announced it had awarded Oshkosh Defense LLC a $21 774 963 modification to an existing foreign military sales contract for Djibouti, Jordan, Kenya, Tunisia, Uganda and Ethiopia for an additional 84 Medium Tactical Vehicle trucks and 59 B-kits (supplemental armour). The estimated completion date of the truck contract is 28 February 2017.
Oskosh offers its Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles in a variety of configurations, such as five ton tractor, 8.8 ton Load Handling System, 4×4 and 6×6 cargo, ten ton dump truck and five ton wrecker.
One of the other contracts awarded late last month include the delivery of one Insitu Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system (comprising multiple aircraft) to Kenya and another to Cameroon. In-country work will be carried out in Nanyuki in central Kenya and the Cameroonian port city of Doula. Both contracts are expected to be completed by September 2016.